Henin-Hardenne too good for Clijsters
6 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Justine Henin-Hardenne qualified for the Wimbledon final on Thursday by defeating compatriot Kim Clijsters in two sets 6-4 7-6 (7-4).
6 July 2006
BRUSSELS — Justine Henin-Hardenne qualified for the Wimbledon final on Thursday by defeating compatriot Kim Clijsters in two sets 6-4 7-6 (7-4).
The first set went on serve until 3-3 when Clijsters broke Henin-Hardenne to take a 4-3 lead. But Henin-Hardenne broke back immediately and won the next two games to take the set 6-4.
The second set was a similar scenario, as Clijsters took a 3-1 lead after scoring an early break. But again Henin-Hardenne fought back to level the match.
At 5-5, Clijsters broke Henin-Hardenne a third time and could have served out the set, but failed to keep the break as Henin-Hardenne forced a tiebreaker.
Henin-Hardenne then proved to have the coolest head in the tiebreaker, winning it 7-4 to take out the match and secure a place in Saturday's final.
Thursday's match was the third time in a month that Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne had squared off against each other.
Henin-Hardenne got the better of her opponent at the French Open and Eastbourne also.
She will now take on either her Australian Open nemesis Amélie Mauresmo or Russian Maria Sharapova in the final.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news