Women’s semifinalists No. 1 Justine Henin vs. No. 18 Marion Bartoli

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Henin:

Right-handed, 25, born in Liege, Belgium, and lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco. … Playing Wimbledon for the seventh time; lost in the final in 2001 and 2006. … Trying to complete career Grand Slam. … Owns six Grand Slam titles: U.S. Open in 2003, Australian Open in 2004, and the French Open in 2003, 2005-07. … Trying to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year … Missed Australian Open while she was separating from her husband; dropped his last name, Hardenne, which she had added.

Bartoli:

Right-handed, 22, born in Le Puy en Velay, France, and lives in Geneva, Switzerland. … Playing Wimbledon for the fifth time; best result before this year was reaching the third round in 2004. … First time she’s reached the semifinals at any Grand Slam. … Has lost two sets and 41 games at Wimbledon this year. … Beat Flavia Pennetta, Olga Govortsova, No. 16 Shahar Peer, No. 3 Jelena Jankovic, No. 31 Michaella Krajicek. … Has won three career singles titles, none this year. … Was a finalist at Prague on clay. … Her highest career singles ranking was No. 17, first achieved in November 2006.

No. 6 Ana Ivanovic vs. No. 23 Venus Williams

Ivanovic:

Right-handed, 19, born in Belgrade, Serbia, and lives in Basel, Switzerland. … Playing Wimbledon for the third time; best result before this year was reaching the fourth round last year. … Made her first Grand Slam final at last month’s French Open, losing to Henin in straight sets. Before that tournament, her best showing at any Grand Slam was reaching the French Open quarterfinals in 2005. … Has dropped two sets at this year’s Wimbledon and a total of 42 games. … Beat No. 11 Nadia Petrova, No. 14 Nicole Vaidisova. … Currently at highest career singles ranking of No. 6.

Williams:

Right-handed, 27, born in Lynwood, Calif., and lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. … Playing Wimbledon for the 11th time; won the title in 2000, 2001 and 2005; lost to younger sister Serena in the final in 2002 and 2003. … Owns a total of five Grand Slam singles titles, including 2000 and 2001 U.S. Opens. … Also won gold medals in singles and doubles (with sister Serena) at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. … Has dropped two sets and 42 total games at this year’s Wimbledon… Was two points from defeat in first round against 59th-ranked Kudryavtseva. … First reached No. 1 ranking in February 2002, holding it for 11 weeks. … Currently ranked 31st. … Has won 34 career singles titles, one this year (Memphis). … Set record for fastest recorded serve by a woman at a Grand Slam tournament by hitting one at 128 mph during this year’s French Open. … Coached by parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price.

-Associated Press

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