Henin-Hardenne overcomes Capriati

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Tournament top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium was given a torrid time by American Jennifer Capriati, but finally won 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the $585,000 WTA D

Henin-Hardenne overcomes Capriati
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Dubai: Tournament top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium was given a torrid time by American Jennifer Capriati, but finally won 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the $585,000 WTA Dubai Duty Free Open yesterday. In a match worthy of a final, Capriati fought hard but was unable to beat the Belgian, who had a reply for every problem she posed. This match gives Henin-Hardenne a 3-2 lead in their head-to-head matches, which have all gone to three sets. Earlier yesterday, defending Dubai Open champion and tournament second seed Amelie Mauresmo of France crashed out with a right thigh injury while playing Monica Seles of the United States in the first semifinal. Nine-time Grand Slam winner Seles went through to the final, winning the first set 6-3 when Mauresmo retired hurt at 2-2 in the second set. Henin-Hardenne took the first set 7-5 despite having her service game broken in the second and eighth games and was clearly bothered by the strong winds that have dogged this tournament. A rejuvenated Capriati held serve right through to the ninth game at 5-4 and broke the Henin-Hardenne serve after going to deuce to take the set 6-4. In the decider, Henin-Hardenne broke Capriati's serve in the fifth game to go 3-2 up. She held serve to shut out the fighting former No. 1 player to take the set 6-4 and the match. (AP)
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