Henin-Hardenne wins all-Belgian encounter

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23 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian tennis ace Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated compatriot Kim Clijsters again on Friday at the Eastbourne grass court event.

23 June 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgian tennis ace Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated compatriot Kim Clijsters again on Friday at the Eastbourne grass court event.

The French Open champion and world number three defeated Clijsters in three sets, winning the WTA semi-final 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

Clijsters, the world number two, started the match as favourite because she prefers grass to clay. Henin-Hardenne is a clay court specialist.

The match was important, given the fact that both women could meet each other in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Henin-Hardenne had also defeated Clijsters on her way to this year's French Open title earlier this month.

Clijsters was trying to defend her Eastbourne title, while her compatriot was making her debut.

It was the 21st duel between the two Belgian tennis stars. Henin-Hardenne, a Wallonian, leads her Flemish rival with 11 wins.

In the final, Henin-Hardenne will face Russia's Anastasia Myskina, who defeated compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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