The finalists for the 2007 U.S. Open women's final will be determined on Friday when Justine Henin meets Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova battles fellow Russian Anna Chakvetadze.
The top-seeded/world No. 1 Henin is a dismal 1-7 lifetime against the 12th- seeded Williams, who has won their last seven matchups, dating back to 2001, a year in which the American topped the Belgian in the
Henin handled Williams' younger sister Serena in straight sets in a quarterfinal here on Tuesday night. It marked the third straight Grand Slam quarterfinal victory for Henin against Serena in the last few months.
The 25-year-old Henin owns six major titles, including her third straight and fourth overall French Open championship earlier this season. The diminutive Belgian was last year's U.S. Open runner-up to Russian superstar Maria Sharapova and titled here in
The 27-year-old Venus also owns six major titles, including a fourth
In an all-Russian semi, the fourth-seeded Kuznetsova will tangle with the sixth-seeded Chakvetadze for a third time in their careers, with Kuznetsova holding a 2-0 all-time advantage. They've never met in Grand Slam play and have not faced each other this season.
The 20-year-old Chakvetadze will appear in her first-ever major semi.
The 22-year-old Kuznetsova captured the 2004 U.S. Open title by besting Elena Dementieva in an all-Russian finale. She also appeared in last year's French Open final, but lost to the mighty Henin.