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Henin's mother routinely took the young Henin across the border to France to watch the French Open.
Henin saw the 1992 final involving her idol Steffi Graf and Monica Seles.
Henin established herself as a major competitor in 2001, consequently reaching the women's singles semifinals of the French Open and then upset the reigning Australian Open and French Open champion Jennifer Capriati in the semifinals of Wimbledon, losing to defending champion Venus Williams in three sets in the final. Henin started the year as the 5th ranked player in the world but lost to Kim Clijsters in the semifinals of the Medibank International in Sydney.This was her first Grand Slam title, and she was the first Belgian ever to win a Grand Slam singles title. At the grass court Ordina Open in Rosmalen, she lost in the final to Clijsters; she was forced to retire from the match after injuring her finger. She defeated Mary Pierce in the fourth round and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals before losing to Serena Williams in straight sets.Henin's first competition after Wimbledon was the Fed Cup tie against Slovakia.Williams served a fault, despite the raised hand, leading to a second serve.In the final, Henin defeated Clijsters in straight sets.