By the end of the year, Henin was ranked seventh in singles, with three titles to her name.
Also that year, she reached the French Open women's doubles semifinals with Elena Tatarkova and helped Belgium win the 2001 Fed Cup.
Henin's forehand was generally regarded as her most dangerous weapon, A notable aspect of Henin's playing style was the completeness of her game – the variety and versatility she had.
Henin then lost to Venus Williams in the semifinals in straight sets.
Henin then lost to Clijsters in the semifinals of the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp.
Henin then helped Belgium defeat Austria 5–0 in a first round tie of the Fed Cup.
In May, Henin successfully defended her Tier I title at the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin.
She could hit her backhand flat, with heavy topspin, or slice [underspin].
Her backhand could also be used to surprise her opponents with dropshots, breaking up the pattern of a groundstroke rally.Although Graf lost, the experience impressed Henin.In 1995, shortly after her mother's death, Henin met her coach Carlos Rodriguez who guided her career both before her retirement in 2008 and during her 2010 comeback.4-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters commented "Growing up together, she's always been the more touchy player.She has good hands....has those quick hands." Henin had always been considered one of the better volleyers on tour, but soon established herself as one of the best in the modern era.In 2002, she reached four WTA finals, winning two of them, and finished the year ranked World No. Her German Open victory, her first win at a Tier I tournament, was noteworthy as she beat Jennifer Capriati in a semifinal and Serena Williams in the final, the then number two and number five ranked players, respectively.