The match was Henin's first at Roland Garros since 2007, when she won the tournament for the fourth time. Henin returned to the tour in January following a 20-month retirement, and while she's seeded only 22nd, she's considered one of the favorites for the title.
Henin extended her winning streak at Roland Garros to 22 consecutive matches and 37 consecutive sets. She hasn't lost a match at the French Open since 2004.
Henin endured some ragged patches in the second set, when she lost three consecutive games to fall behind 3-2, but she won 10 points in a row to regain control.