World No.1 Justine Henin had to play three sets to beat qualifier Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 and reach the Proximus Diamond Games final.
The 18-year-old Bacsinszky, ranked 94th in the world, took the first set but couldn’t fight well for long enough to beat the top seed. Bacsinszky had as much as seven break points in the second set but didn’t convert any of them. She wasted too many chances to produce an upset. Still, favorite Henin was made to work for more than two hours, while Bacsinszky showed she has confidence to challenge a much higher ranked player.
In Sunday’s final, Henin will face China’s Na Li or Karin Knapp of Italy, who play their semifinal match later Saturday.