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2006-01-26 02:32:53

By Paul Tait MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Eighth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne put injury concerns aside to overpower Russian Maria Sharapova on Thursday and reach the Australian Open final. The Belgian, who was unable to defend her 2004 Melbourne crown last year through injury, ground fourth seed Sharapova down to win 4-6 6-1 6-4, stretching her winning streak in Australia to an extraordinary 20 matches. Henin-Hardenne will play third seed Amelie Mauresmo in Saturday's final after second...

2006-01-26 00:21:15

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Eighth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne fought back to overpower Russia's Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-1 6-4 on Thursday and reach the Australian Open final. The Belgian, who won in Melbourne in 2004 but missed last year through injury, ground fourth seed Sharapova down to extend an extraordinary winning streak in Australia to 20 matches, closing out their hard-fought semi-final after two hours 26 minutes. The French Open champion served for the match in the ninth game of...

2006-01-24 11:10:57

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lindsay Davenport lost her number one ranking after being knocked out of the Australian Open on Tuesday while unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis extended his extraordinary run to reach the last four. Eighth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Davenport 2-6 6-2 6-3 to join Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals and ensure Kim Clijsters, or possibly Amelie Mauresmo, takes over as the new number one when the next rankings are released on Monday. A former...

2006-01-24 08:10:43

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Lindsay Davenport lost her number one ranking after being knocked out of the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday by Justine Henin-Hardenne. Eighth seed Henin-Hardenne won 2-6 6-2 6-3 to join Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals while ensuring Kim Clijsters, or possibly Amelie Mauresmo, takes over as the new number one when the next rankings are released on Monday. Davenport said she was more disappointed at missing her chance to...

2006-01-24 06:20:59

By Paul Tait MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Eighth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne fought back from a set down to topple top seed Lindsay Davenport 2-6 6-2 6-3 on Tuesday and reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. A delighted Henin-Hardenne, who has battled injury for more than a year, will play fourth seed Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals. "From where I'm coming from, I've been injured for such a long time, it's great to be back in the semi-finals," Henin-Hardenne told local...

2006-01-22 01:11:25

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lindsay Davenport survived an injury scare on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the ninth time in her career. The world number one aggravated a sprained left ankle against Russia's 14th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova but limped to a 6-2 6-4 win on another scorching day at Melbourne Park. Tournament organizers invoked the extreme heat rule for the third day in a row, closing the roofs over the two main courts as the mercury...

2006-01-22 00:51:25

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lindsay Davenport survived an injury scare on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the ninth time in her career. The world number one aggravated a sprained left ankle against Russia's 14th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova but limped to a 6-2 6-4 win on another scorching day at Melbourne Park. Tournament organizers invoked the extreme heat rule for the third day in a row, closing the roofs over the two main courts as the mercury...

2006-01-20 05:26:15

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova led a Russian charge in the women's draw at the Australian Open on Friday as scorching temperatures transformed the first grand slam of the year into a survival of the fittest. Sharapova kept her cool as the mercury soared to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), forcing tournament organizers to invoke the extreme heat rule. Lindsay Davenport and Andy Roddick, both playing in the hottest part of the day, survived the blazing sun...

2006-01-18 09:08:58

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Serena Williams issued an ominous warning to her Australian Open rivals as the tournament's big names started flexing their muscles on Wednesday. Williams was not quite at the top of her formidable powers but was still impressive on a day when Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova, Justine Henin-Hardenne and David Nalbandian all recorded impressive wins. Williams had appeared to be struggling for fitness and form...

2006-01-18 02:10:33

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The days when the top women could expect to turn up at grand slams and simply stroll through the early rounds are gone forever, according to Justine Henin-Hardenne. The former world number one says there is so much in depth in women's tennis these days that even the best players have to be on their guard at all times. "Women's tennis is changing a little bit. We cannot say that the first week is easy for the top seeds," Henin-Hardenne told a...


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