PARIS (AP) -- Kim Clijsters rallied from the brink of elimination to become the first Belgian to reach the final of a Grand Slam on Thursday, beating Justine Henin in three sets in the semifinals of the French Open.
Clijsters, seeded 12th, came back from a set down to seal the 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over her fellow Belgian with an unreachable forehand smash.
She will face either top-seeded Martina Hingis or No. 4 Jennifer Capriati in the final on Saturday.
"I'm very happy," said the 17-year-old Clijsters, who had never before gotten past the fourth round of a Grand Slam. "She played too good for me in the first set. I kept trying and focusing."
Henin began the match aggressively, taking the first set in 28 minutes as her opponent made a string of errors, repeatedly overhitting the ball and sending it long or wide.
She broke again early in the second set, but at 4-2 up blew three break points. Clijsters held serve, recovered her confidence and leveled at one set all as boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt looked on from the stands.
In the final set, Clijsters made the decisive break when Henin, leading 40-0 in the sixth game, made five unforced errors to give her opponent a 4-2 advantage.
The win was a repeat of their only previous meeting on the WTA Tour, a third-round match at Indian Wells last March during which Clijsters recovered from a one-set deficit to win.
Capriati, who last played in the French Open semis 11 years ago, is trying to win her second consecutive Grand Slam title. She took the Australian Open in January, defeating Hingis in the championship match.
The 20-year-old Swiss star has twice reached the final at Roland Garros, which is the only Grand Slam title that still eludes her.
Andre Agassi had nothing but empty answers following his four-set loss to Sebastien Grosjean in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
What do you wish you could have done, he was asked following his 1-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 defeat.
"Won the match," Agassi said
Was there anything particular that gave you trouble?
"Yes. Sebastien Grosjean."
It was a contrast from two days earlier, when a relaxed Agassi was sentimental about the romance he has with the French public.
The French fans do love Agassi, especially since his win here in 1999. But on Wednesday, they had a hometown hero to cheer on in Grosjean, and they seemed baffled by the way one of the greatest players in tennis came unraveled before their eyes.
Agassi didn't do much to explain it.
"I played well," he said, convincing no one who saw the match. "He played a lot better."
At 31, Agassi was going for a second successive Grand Slam championship and a second title at Roland Garros. He won the Australian Open in January.
He breezed through the first set in 22 minutes and seemed as if he was on his way to a quick victory.
And then, just as former President Bill Clinton arrived for the second set, the momentum changed.
"In the second set, I won the first game and I felt very confident then," Grosjean said. "I felt the crowd supporting me. I really worked on each point."
The 23-year-old Grosjean was playing the match of his life, running every point down, hitting winners, dusting the lines.
"Every time I was aggressive, I hit a winner. This is something I'll try for the semifinals."
The target of these tactics will be No. 13 Alex Corretja, who advanced by beating unseeded 19-year-old Roger Federer 7-5, 6-4, 7-5. The other semifinal Friday pits top-seeded two-time champion Gustavo Kuerten against No. 4 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
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