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Jankovic v Serena as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Women’s quarter-final result:

J JANKOVIC (Ser) bt S WILLIAMS (US)

6-3 6-4

 

By Chris Bevan

0337: Phew, what a match. Maybe not a classic for rallies or fightbacks but full of drama nonetheless, especially when both players were getting treatment in the second set. The end result is that Serena has lost her title and can concentrate on playing doubles with Venus, while third seed Jelena Jankovic will play Justine Henin or Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals.

You can keep up with that Henin-Sharapova showdown with my colleague Tom, watch it via the red button or on this website. And listen to it on BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra too. You could even do all four…

Jankovic 6-3 6-4 Serena
It is all over. Quite amazing. Some great serving by Williams seems to have put her in control but a double-fault hands Janko a first set-point and a wayward backhand by Serena means that is the the end of the road for the champion.

Jankovic 6-3 5-4 Serena
This one ain’t over yet though. Serena may be playing on one foot but she does not want to hand over her title without a fight. A dogged display sees her outhit the Serb and break again – that’s the 10th service break of a fairly incredible match folks.

Jankovic 6-3 5-3 Serena
Just when you thought Serena was back in this one, she is back to square one. A punishing backhand by Janko sets her up for a smash that puts her on the brink of victory. She will serve for a place in the semi-finals.

Jankovic 6-3 4-3 Serena
Another pulsating game which is going to take a lot out of both players – I half expect to see a couple of limbs come flying off next. More power from Serena, and she has Janko doing the splits on a couple of points, but the Serb is giving as good as she gets and a couple of loose shots by Serena means Jelena holds, just, and gives us some fist-pumping for good measure.

And well done to Chris by the way, for spotting Serena’s blister, through her shoe and all the way from Hampstead!

Jankovic 6-3 3-3 Serena
That little time-out seems to have rejuvenated both players and they resume with some gusto in what could turn out to be a crucial game. Janko is still covering the most ground despite her injury, although I’ve got my eye on her thigh (for medical reasons only of course), but Serena is a more sprightly too and digs deep to save four break points before holding out. Phew – that game took almost 15 minutes on its own – I think I need a trainer now!

“That was an absolute vital game. You feel that now she has held, maybe there’s a way back into the match for Serena.”
BBC Sport’s Jonathan Overend in Melbourne

Oh, and I am not sure why the Five Live website is saying you can listen to this game live – as far as I’m aware that commentary is only for the Tsonga-Youzhny and Henin-Sharapova matches later this morning.

0257: The players are back on court. Maybe Serena does need those crutches after all?

0256: “Jelena’s name is an anagram of my fave album ever! ‘Jean an Jock live’ – amazing! Serena’s makes ‘a new era i’ll miss’, very true…”
Craig, in Yatton on text 81111

The players are still receiving treatment but Serena’s blister is back under wraps.

0253: This game has suddenly turned into an episode of Casualty. Both players are having treatment now – looks like Janko’s thigh injury has flared up, while Serena has her trainer on too and is staring forlornly at an enormous blister on her toe – that would explain a lot!

Jankovic 6-3 3-2 Serena
Another tight one – Janko sees a lob fly long when a winner would have put her 4-1 up. Instead, Serena plants a forehand in the corner to move to break point and Jelena’s wild backhand gives her another break back.

“Alright then. I’ll talk tennis: knowing that Williams is a fighter, nothing’s lost yet, especially given that the longer the game drags on, the more Jelena will feel her injuries. Might Serena be injured?”
Chris, in Hampstead on text 81111

She hasn’t called for a trainer Chris, so I have to say I’m a bit puzzled as to why she was playing so poorly.

Jankovic 6-3 3-1 Serena
Janko has realised that the longer a point goes on, the more chance she has of winning it. She is moving Serena around too, which is the last thing she wants at the moment. The champion is fighting on but a volley into the net at deuce and then a fine backhand down the line gives Janko her third break. Serena’s reaction? One smashed racquet.

Jankovic 6-3 2-1 Serena
A wild forehand by Jelena and a decent backhand by Serena give her hope and she makes short work of the Serb’s second serve to break back. She still doesn’t look herself though.

“Serena is a one-shot player at the moment, if she doesn’t win the point with her first shot she is in trouble.”
BBC Sport’s Jeff Tarango in Melbourne

Jankovic 6-3 2-0 Serena
Serena is still hitting the ball hard enough, and she has upped the volume too – but she is making far too many mistakes. Janko plants a forehand in the corner to break the champion again and that is eight out of the last nine games to the Serb.

“Serena looks subdued, seems distracted and is clearly not in top form.”
BBC Sport’s Jeff Tarango in Melbourne

“Knowing that this will hardly go on the website, I solemnly shout out to thee: go Bevan! Your nightshifts are the best!”
Chris, in Hampstead on text 81111

Chris, and anyone else out there, if you want your comments published then remember a little praise goes a long way. I’d obviously much prefer you to talk tennis though!

Jankovic 6-3 1-0 Serena
Janko’s early problems look a long way away now. An ace means she holds with ease to love.

Jankovic 6-3 Serena
Wow. Fair to say I didn’t see that coming. Serena’s serve has slowed right down and Janko does not hang about in breaking (again) to take the first set. It is meant to be Jelena who is carrying the injuries but, at the moment, Serena would move quicker if she was on crutches.

Jankovic 5-3 Serena
Janko scurries to put away an over-hit Serena drop-volley but Williams seems to be moving a bit better herself and is putting away anything dropping half-court with some gusto. Janko digs in though and saves three more break points to hold and edge closer to taking this first set. A long way to go yet though.

Jankovic 4-3 Serena
Oh dear. Serena has to hold back from smashing her racquet after more some more sloppy shots put her in further trouble – she makes do with havijng ‘words’ with herself instead. They do the trick too and her serve gets her out of a hole to stop Janko from running away with this set.

Jankovic 4-2 Serena
Janko is opening up a bit now now, powering a couple of glorious backhand winners out of Serena’s reach, but this game is another tight one and the Serb has to save three break points before holding with an ace.

Before I forget, here is a quick fashion update for you – Janko is looking pretty in pink, while Serena is, um, pristine in purple. The court, needless to say, is still bright blue. Blimey!

“Janko is looking a bit nervous but I think this match might go all the way!”
Tatti Chaudhry on text 81111

This time I am agreeing with you Tatti – and no need to ask Janko either.

Jankovic 3-2 Serena
More unforced errors by Serena who is going for the corners but missing by a mile. She slices a forehand into the net too, giving Janko two break points, and yet another Williams mistake gives the Serb another break.

“Hi, I’ve heard that apparently the first player to break serve normally wins the match.”
Tatti Chaudhry on text 81111

Not sure about that ‘fact’ Tatti. Shall we ask Jelena what she thinks?

Jankovic 2-2 Serena
Janko’s still not getting much power with her serve but her groundstrokes have settled down and she seems to have woken up and holds comfortably to level.

I should own up really – so far I have been a bit of a jinx for the Brits at this tournament – whenever I’m on shift, they tend to lose…I’ve already had to apologise to the Murray brothers and I haven’t helped Jade Curtis tonight either unfortunately – the 13th seed has just tumbled out 6-3 6-1 to Lesley Kerkhove of Holland. My fault again I guess!

Jankovic 1-2 Serena
Hello hello, this is better from Janko. Serena’s turn to look a bit bewildered as her serve misfires and a couple of forehands fly out by a good four feet. Another break to love, and that should settle Jelena down.

Jankovic 0-2 Serena
Jelena’s injuries mean there are big doubts over her serve and let’s just say she does not make a good start. Serena is straight in on the offensive and some pensive – not to mention wayward shots – from Janko mean we have a break to love in double-quick time.

Jankovic 0-1 Serena
Solid start from the champ. Janko has a swing at all of Serena’s serves but can’t do much with them and it is a comfortable hold.

0151 : Here we go then. Serena to serve first.

0150: Oh, and don’t forget I need some company to keep me going through the small hours. Text me now on 81111 with the word TENNIS before your comment.

0148: Hmmm. Jelena’s picked up even more injuries since arriving in Melbourne – not just a thigh now, but back and shoulder problems too. It doesn’t bode well for her does it?

0145: Nothing between these two head-to-head – two wins apiece, but Serena beat Janko 6-3 6-2 in the fourth round here 12 months ago on her way to the title.

They should have met in the Hopman Cup final at the start of 2008 but Jelena had to pull out because of an injured thigh. The United States went on to win that by the way.

0135: Can’t sleep? Don’t worry, I’ve got just the thing to make the night go quickly – a top-notch women’s quarter-final from the Australian Open between defending champion Serena Williams and third seed Jelena Jankovic.

Story from BBC SPORT

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Jankovic v Dellacqua as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Women’s fourth-round result:

J Jankovic (Ser) v C Dellacqua (Aus)

7-6 (7-3) 6-1

By Sarah Holt

Second set:

Jankovic 6-1 Dellacqua
The first match point comes up for Jankovic. The Aussie crowd are still full of voice as Dellacqua saves it. She cannot save another one though and that was pretty easy for Jankovic in the second. The Serbian goes through to meet Serena Williams in the quarters.

Jankovic 5-1 Dellacqua
It is all looking a bit straightforward now for Jankovic as she moves to 0-40. The world number four breaks as Dellacqua goes long.

Jankovic 4-1 Dellacqua
Give Dellacqua credit – she really is trying to get back into this match. She moves to 40-30 and then Jankovic sloppily slams the ball wide to concede deuce. Jankovic moves to advantage with an ace but Dellacqua fights back for a fourth deuce. The Aussie nets and a second ace from the Serb sees her hold. Dellacqua doesn’t look out of the match but 4-1 is a long way back.

Jankovic 3-1 Dellacqua
Jankovic skims the ball wide for 15-0, but a TV close-up of a few Aussie housewives in the crowd sees them looking most disgruntled indeed. Frightening. They should break into a smile now though as Dellacqua holds to love.

Jankovic 3-0 Dellacqua
We’re not seeing the best quality tennis in this set, mind you the opener was littered with errors, both players had 20 unforced ones. Well. So, back to the here and now, Jankovic stutters through to a 3-0 lead.

Jankovic 2-0 Dellacqua
The errors are creeping in here and Dellacqua slides to 0-30. Jankovic makes a challenge but it’s wrong again and the score ticks along to 30-30. What did I say about those errors? Dellacqua wilts and Jankovic breaks.

“It’s a shame for the Aussie as there have been numerous opportunites out here against Jankovic.”
BBC Sport analyst Sam Smith

Jankovic 1-0 Dellacqua
Dellacqua slams down a forehand for a chance of an immediate break in the second set, but she is wild and wide and it’s deuce. Jankovic snuffs out any further threat and holds.

First set:

0937: “Don’t you think it’s refreshing with Dellacqua and Jankovic there’s none of that awful screaming? See it is possible!”
Hilary in Surrey via text

Jankovic 7-6 Dellacqua
A couple of challenges at the start of the breaker and Jankovic ends up taking the first point. Dellacqua smacks down the ball for 1-1. The Aussie gets lucky with a bounce off the net post and hits a winner for 2-2. A wild shot from Dellacqua sees Jankovic take a 4-2 lead. She nets again to slide to 5-2. Jankovic goes long at 5-3, but benefits from another Dellacqua mistake to move to two set points. The Australian nets to hand Jankovic the set.

Jankovic 6-6 Dellacqua
Chants of “let’s go Casey, let’s go,” from the crowd and the Aussie takes the first point. Jankovic, who has dispensed with the sugar-pink headband, pumps the ball wide for 15-30. Dellacqua’s drive volley brings up another break point and she gets it – for the sixth break of this set – to force the tie-break.

Jankovic 6-5 Dellacqua
The Australian is rushing a little bit and she falls back to 30-30. Jankovic looks a bit peeved at another line call and challenges – but she has misjudged it again. No mistake on the next point as Dellacqua goes wide for deuce. The Serbian unleashes a huge one down the line and runs in to break again and halt Dellacqua’s momentum.

Jankovic 5-5 Dellacqua
A bit of slip on court sees Jankovic slide to 15-15. Dellacqua is working really hard but is just lacking the final touch. Jankovic challenges a line call but Hawk-Eye backs the line judge for 30-30. The third seed lobs the Australian for set point but goes long for deuce. Dellacqua’s back hand pays dividends and Jankovic nets as the Australian breaks back.

“From 5-2 down, Dellacqua has relaxed a bit and Jankovic has come off her game certainly.”
BBC Sport’s Chris Bailey

Jankovic 5-4 Dellacqua
That break seems to have inspired Dellacqua and she produces a couple of big winners to move to 30-15. Another good strike down the line takes the Australian to 40-30, and the Serbian nets to see Dellacqua hold.

Jankovic 5-3 Dellacqua
Jankovic takes the new balls to serve for the set and moves to 30-0. The crowd wakes up when Dellacqua hits the ball right across the court and Jankovic goes long for 30-30. A chance of a break here as Jankovic returns a ball that looked to be sailing out of court but hits it long. The Australian breaks back.

Jankovic 5-2 Dellacqua
Jankovic turns the screw on the Australia and moves to 15-40. The Serbian nets to see one break point go begging but she makes no mistake with a fierce backhand to grab a double break.

“The Australian hasn’t really settled; maybe it’s the nerves, the occasion and Jankovic is pulling away now.”
BBC Sport’s Chris Bailey

Jankovic 4-2 Dellacqua
Dellacqua looks like she is struggling to settle down a bit out there, and there are chances on the Jankovic serve but she is finding hard to take advantage. A bit of a flat game, but Jankovic holds to 15.

Jankovic 3-2 Dellacqua
A third ace takes Dellacqua to 40-0. The third seed sneaks a point but the Australian holds; and that’s cheered up the crowd.

Jankovic 3-1 Dellacqua
Jankovic makes smooth progress and holds to love. Now, we had a few 606 messages about all the comments on fashion in the women’s game so . . . .

“I’m not sure about Jankovic’s headband. It’s more the sort that you put on a newborn baby girl’s head not a 22-year-old’s. Still each to their own.”
BBC Sport’s Chris Bailey

Jankovic 2-1 Dellacqua
Dellacqua slides to 30-30 and challenges a line call on her serve – she’s proved right by the Hawk-Eye replay and moves to 40-30. Dellacqua is taken to deuce twice by the Serbian; and Jankovic uses some clever play to break.

Jankovic 1-1 Dellacqua
Dellacqua continues to hustle Jankovic and takes her to 30-30. A double fault earns the Australian a first break point but she pummels her forehand long. Jankovic gets it together and holds.

Jankovic 0-1 Dellacqua
Dellacqua serves and wins the first point. Oooh bit of controversy on the second point as Jankovic’s forehand is called out by an enthusiastic member of the crowd. So the point is replayed, and Dellacqua wins it. The Australian holds to love with an ace.

0840: The players are here; and let’s hear what they’ve got to say. First up Dellacqua: “I’m staying relaxed. It’s been a surreal week but I can’t wait to get out there.

And here’s pretty in pink Jankovic: “I feel ok. The crowd will be against me but I’ll still have my Serbian fans supporting me, so I’m going out there to give it my best.”

0830: Plenty of green and gold on show at the Rod Laver Arena as Australian fans turn out in force to support local hope Casey Dellacqua.

The unseeded Aussie dumped out former champion Amelie Mauresmo but could face a tougher giant-killing task against number three seed Jelena Jankovic.

Story from BBC SPORT

Venus v Jankovic as it happened

US Open, Flushing Meadows Quarter-final result:

V Williams (US) v J Jankovic (Ser)

4-6 6-1 7-6

By Caroline Cheese

Venus 4-6 6-1 7-6 Jankovic
Jankovic seems to have saved all her unforced errors for the tiebreak – which is a shame. Williams, with all that big-match experience, surges into a 5-3 lead, sees off a mini Jankovic comeback before winning it with a stunning drive volley. Henin up next for Williams. Stay tuned for Federer v Roddick.

Venus 4-6 6-1 6-6 Jankovic
Another phenomenal game. Jankovic just keeps making Venus play one more ball and the American doesn’t like it. Jankovic fights back from 40-15 to deuce but yet again, Venus brings out the big serve and it’s tie-break time. The players get a standing ovation for their efforts so far.

Venus 4-6 6-1 5-6 Jankovic
Williams threatens at 30-30 but yet another forehand error hands Jankovic the game. She knows she’ll get a tiebreak at the very least.

0228: “Whoever wins will still sucumb to Justine!”
Anon via text on 81111

Venus 4-6 6-1 5-5 Jankovic
While Venus’ first serve keeps firing, Jankovic is going to struggle. The American is over 70% in this set.

Venus 4-6 6-1 4-5 Jankovic
That’s the ninth game in a row on serve now. Amazing. If Jankovic comes through this, it could be the making of her. She only needs one more game… easy.

0220: “Hey Caroline, how did your match with Greg go? Jankovic to win, by the way!”
JW in Nottingham via text on 81111 (This is neither the time nor the place to be discussing such matters… Oh OK. It was humiliating. Utterly humiliating. More of that to follow when I manage to write it up)

Venus 4-6 6-1 4-4 Jankovic
Was that the rally of the tournament in the match of the tournament so far? Venus looks out of it so many times but she scrambles back a sliced backhand as Jankovic collapses on the court. But it’s Venus who loses the next two points and has to save a break point with a courageous forehand. Venus comes through again.

Venus 4-6 6-1 3-4 Jankovic
This isn’t the Venus we saw in the second set – but you have to hand it to Jankovic. She hasn’t even been taken to deuce on serve in this set. Venus will win this if she can find that second-set form but if not…

Venus 4-6 6-1 3-3 Jankovic
Venus finishes off the game with an ace. The tension is building folks.

Venus 4-6 6-1 2-3 Jankovic
Venus belts a backhand long and looks up to mum Oracene for inspiration. Oracene appears to do a little dance. All very odd. It doesn’t work either as Jankovic takes the game to 30.

Venus 4-6 6-1 2-2 Jankovic
Venus responds with a love service game of her own. Is this the best women’s match of the tournament so far? Probably…

Venus 4-6 6-1 1-2 Jankovic
Jankovic holds to love. Interesting…

Venus 4-6 6-1 1-1 Jankovic
Could be a pivotal game this one. Jankovic earns a break point but Williams produces a raking backhand cross-court to see off the danger. Plenty more deuces but nothing doing for Jankovic, with Venus finishing the game with two successive aces. For those of you hoping for a quick end so we can get on with Federer-Roddick. Sorry, we may be here some time.

0145: “My money is on Venus along with my heart.”
Anon via text on 81111

Venus 4-6 6-1 0-1 Jankovic
Much better from Jankovic, who gives it a “come on” after taking the game.

Second set

Venus 4-6 6-1 Jankovic
Williams is forced into a forehand error on her first set point but no bother, she powers down a first serve to earn another before Jankovic nets a backhand. From a set and a break down, Venus is in control after six games in a row.

Venus 4-6 5-1 Jankovic
Jankovic does well to save two break points but even she has to applaud Venus’ forehand winner which makes it another break.

Venus 4-6 4-1 Jankovic
That is a phenomenal forehand from Venus to wrap up the game, accompanied by a familiar Williams scream. As they sit down for the changeover, the opening bars of James Brown’s ‘I Feel Good’ blare out. It sounds very similar.

0131: “I’m here (see 0121)! Waitin for Fed to kick some butt!”
Anon via text on 81111 (You may be waiting a while longer)

Venus 4-6 3-1 Jankovic
Venus latches onto a weak second serve and smacks it down the line to earn two break points. Jankovic saves those – but Venus snatches a third and, by golly, I think we’re heading for a decider.

Venus 4-6 2-1 Jankovic
Looks like a cakewalk for Venus at 40-0 but then Jankovic throws up another winning lob and the American double-faults for the sixth time. She comes through though.

0121: “It’s quite worrying only the gamblers are txtin this time of night… Am I the sole insomniac out there?”
Vamp from Brum via text on 81111

Venus 4-6 1-1 Jankovic
That’s more like the Venus we know, piling on the pressure with some brutal groundstrokes to get the break back.

Venus 4-6 0-1 Jankovic
Of course, as we all know, Jankovic has won her last three matches against Venus so any fool could have predicted this… just not this fool. Venus is in all sorts of trouble. She belts a drive volley so long it draws gasps from the crowd. That gives Jankovic a break point and she takes it with a stunning lob.

0113: “Should be in bed but want to ‘see’ the match!”
Anon via text on 81111

First set

Venus 4-6 Jankovic
Terrible start from Jankovic. Some powder-puff first serves allow Venus to take control of the points and she moves into a 30-0 lead. But Jankovic hits back brilliantly, taking it on her first set point with a backhand beyond the desperate reach of Williams. See? I told you Venus would… oh.

Venus 4-5 Jankovic
The professional journalist would have noted down how many forehands Venus has missed in this match. Unfortunately I’m not one of those – but I can tell you is that it’s a lot. Still she manages to get one down the line – and in – to pile the pressure on her opponent. My money’s still on Venus…

Venus 3-5 Jankovic
Venus looks ready to pounce but Jankovic stands firm, rifling a backhand pass down the line to move to within a game of the first set.

Venus 3-4 Jankovic
Suddenly not looking so good for Jankovic. Venus gets her first serve firing and that enables her to take that game easily to 15.

0055: “So how much do texts to this number cost then? Should probably write that on the page. Not too bothered who wins this to be honest, I want Fed v ARod.”
Anon via text on 81111 (The blurb says: “Texts will be charged at network rates – check with your provider.”)

Venus 2-4 Jankovic
Jankovic loses the double-break immediately. The Serb isn’t quite sure about a call on the baseline but with only one challenge remaining, she opts against calling on Hawk-Eye.

0051: “Caroline, you don’t seem to have much faith in Jelena… is it because she’s an honorary Brit now, and it’s traditional to expect the worst from our lot?”
amc via text on 81111 (I’ve got a lot more faith in her now, believe me)

Venus 1-4 Jankovic
Two double-faults put Vens in trouble. She somehow saves one break point with some desperate volleys but Jankovic unleashes a stunning return on the second and this is a surprising scoreline. And I’m not saying that because I predicted Venus to win.

0041: “Morning Caza, can I call you Caza or do you prefer the slightly less exotic Caroline? Anyway it’s Grant the gambler (formerly anon). Smart money’s on Venus.”
Grant the gambler via text on 81111 (It’s Caroline. There’s a Princess Caroline. I don’t think there’s a Princess Caza is there?)

Venus 1-3 Jankovic
Venus is doing her best to intimidate Jankovic by standing right inside the baseline to receive serve. To be fair, she does that to everyone. But Venus’s wonky forehand is proving, well, a bit wonky at the moment. She lets the Serb off the hook by wasting three break points.

0033: “Could Venus get a tighter outfit? What a lovely fashion statement. I can say that because I’m a man!”
Anon via text on 81111

Venus 1-2 Jankovic
Venus off the mark but it’s a helluva battle for the American. She refers a call to Hawk-Eye – which she hardly ever does – and is proved correct.

Venus 0-2 Jankovic
Jankovic has come out all guns blazing, hitting the ball hard and long to keep Venus off balance. Surely she can’t keep it up?

0026: “Evening. Which way is this going to go!? Maybe Venus should shade it…”
Andrew in bed in County Londonderry via text on 81111

Venus 0-1 Jankovic
Venus spanks a backhand into the net and it’s break point Jankovic. After a gripping rally, Jankovic dollies a half-volley just over the net and though Venus scrambles it back, Jankovic calmly sends over the lob.

0022: “Set for the long haul! I know it’s too soon but I’m leaving now. So: Come on federer! And Jankovic – she’s prettier….”
Giles, London, via text on 81111 (Bye then…)

0020: Just a couple of minutes to go before this one gets under way. Enough time for me to predict Venus will win in straight sets. Disagree? Text me on 81111 .

0005: Evening, morning… whatever you want to call it. Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic are due on court at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. They’re not there just yet, probably just doing their make-up or something. I can say that because I’m a woman.

Story from BBC SPORT

Henin v Jankovic as it happened

French Open Semi-final result:

J HENIN (Bel) bt J JANKOVIC (Ser)

6-2 6-2

*denotes server

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES:

By Piers Newbery

Second set

Henin 6-2 Jankovic
It’s a disappointing end to a great couple of weeks for Jankovic as she sends a backhand spiralling long to give Henin the win. It was a very impressive display from the champion though and she will be a strong favourite for Saturday’s final against Ana Ivanovic.

Henin 5-2 Jankovic
Well, at least she can smile about it. A pulsating game sees both players earn and spurn chances but Jankovic’s habit of going for too much at the crucial moment comes back to haunt her and a break point goes begging. Henin punishes the Serb, taking the game with a big forehand winner but the Jankovic grin remains in place, albeit a little rueful.

Henin 4-2 Jankovic
Another game, another break. Henin gets to 15-40 and smacks a superb return followed up by a thumping smash, which Jankovic tries to hit back for a winner.

Henin 3-2 Jankovic
Well, anyone who thought Henin had it in the bag (clearly not me) was very much mistaken. Jankovic breaks back to love and the second set is in the balance again.

Henin 3-1 Jankovic
It looks like curtains for Jankovic when Henin winds up a mid-court forehand on break point but surprisingly she sticks it in the net. The Belgian makes up for it with a beautiful backhand winner on the next point but again Jankovic saves the break point. Another Belgian backhand winner follows, as does another hold. Fourth time lucky for Henin, although there’s not much luck involved as she punches away a fine volley to break.

Henin 2-1 Jankovic
This time it’s the champion who wobbles from 40-0 but a wayward Jankovic backhand gets Henin out of jail. Speaking of which, the sound of Parisian police sirens wailing in the background puts me in mind of Inspector Clouseau for some reason.

Henin 1-1 Jankovic
Things are looking up for Jankovic as she gets on the scoreboard in the second set, although from 40-0 she plays a horrendous volley and then sees a Henin forehand whistle past her.

Henin 1-0 Jankovic
A routine hold for the champion and Henin is looking pretty unstoppable at the moment, much to the French crowd’s delight. I imagine they like her because she speaks French – does this mean I can start supporting Vince Spadea at Wimbledon?

First set

Henin 6-2 Jankovic
The set fizzles out disappointingly as Jankovic’s serve collapses and she double-faults to hand over a love game. After a great start the contest is losing intensity as Henin dominates.

Henin 5-2 Jankovic
A bit more of a scrappy game but Henin holds to 30 and still looks in command. She tucks into what looks like a chocolate milkshake at the changeover, although presumably it’s a bit healthier than that. More shots of random people in the crowd, I’m guessing they’re French celebs. The beard is clearly de rigeur at the moment.

Henin 4-2 Jankovic
Danger signals for Jankovic as two woeful attempts at drop shots and a backhand into the net put Henin in control. But the Belgian misses three break points to all but seal the set and Jankovic remains in touch.

Henin 4-1 Jankovic
I had the good fortune to interview Jankovic before the tournament and she said she thought she could beat Henin but in the past had made more mistakes than the experienced Belgian at key moments. History is starting to repeat itself – the Serb gets in a good position at 30-30 but then makes two errors, prompting an “Allez!” from Henin.

Henin 3-1 Jankovic
Henin makes the breakthrough after a backhand winner gets her to 30-40 and she then forces a backhand mistake from Jankovic. The quality of play remains exceptional though.

Henin 2-1 Jankovic
Jankovic’s mum – a bit of a Vanessa Feltz lookalike, surprisingly – sips nervously from a bottle of water as her daughter makes some headway on the Henin serve, but at game point the Belgian crunches down a forehand winner.

Henin 1-1 Jankovic
If the first semi-final was a bit of a let-down this one has started in blistering fashion. Both players are already on top form and that means Henin has the edge. Two more searing backhands and a drop shot take her to break point but she misses the return. A superb game ends with Jankovic retrieving a drop shot to hold.

Henin 1-0 Jankovic
A pretty serious statement of intent from the defending champion – Henin is absolutely belting her forehand and then wraps up a love-game with a stunning backhand winner. Several cries of “Allez Justine!” from the crowd. They do know she’s Belgian don’t they?

1425 BST: After a one-sided first semi-final that saw Ana Ivanovic hammer Maria Sharapova we could be in for a closer encounter here. Henin has a habit of beating Jankovic 6-4 in the third set but the Serb is the form woman on tour and fancies her chances.