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

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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