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2006-07-16 12:05:29

By Philip Blenkinsop OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - Kim Clijsters powered Belgium into their second Fed Cup final on Sunday with a comfortable 6-0 6-1 win over teenager Vania King. Belgium, playing without French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best of five match semi-final to give them a first Fed Cup victory over the U.S. in five attempts. Clijsters, the world number two and U.S. Open champion, crushed her 17-year-old opponent, ranked 79th...

2006-07-15 11:47:48

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens beat American Jill Craybas 5-7 6-2 6-4 to put her side 1-0 up in the Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday. Flipkens, ranked 122nd and only drafted in to play the singles after the withdrawal of world number three Justine Henin-Hardenne, produced an aggressive comeback in front of a 5,000 capacity crowd in a match lasting 2 hours 12 minutes. World number two Kim Clijsters plays Jamea Jackson in Saturday's other match. The reverse...

2006-07-14 08:41:23

By Philip Blenkinsop OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - Playing the semi-final of tennis's elite team competition a week after Wimbledon does not make sense, U.S. captain Zina Garrison said the day before her team kick off their decider against Belgium. "I'm a firm believer that the date needs to be changed," Garrison told reporters after Friday's draw. The period from the end of May to early July is among the most demanding on the tennis calendar, with the French Open swiftly followed by...

2006-07-12 10:12:59

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Wimbledon finalist Justine Henin-Hardenne has pulled out of the Belgium team to face the United States in the Fed Cup semi-finals this weekend. "She will not play because she is not 100 percent fit," a team spokeswoman on Wednesday. Henin-Hardenne lost the Wimbledon final to France's Amelie Mauresmo on Saturday, four weeks after she had retained her French Open crown. Her place in the Belgian team will be taken by Leslie Butkiewicz, the spokeswoman said.

2006-07-08 11:13:29

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo won an emotional first Wimbledon singles title on Saturday, recovering from a torrid start to beat Justine Henin-Hardenne 2-6 6-3 6-4. The world number one, who also took this year's Australian Open when a sick Henin-Hardenne retired, is the first Frenchwoman to win here since Suzanne Lenglen in 1925. Mauresmo, three-times a losing semi-finalist here, proved wrong those who said her nerve would fail her, playing some dazzling...

2006-07-08 10:37:24

LONDON (Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo became the first Frenchwoman since 1925 to claim the Wimbledon singles title with a 2-6 6-3 6-4 win over Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne on Saturday. It was the world number one's second grand slam crown.

2006-07-08 09:49:41

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo of France leveled the women's singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday, taking the second set off Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-3. Belgian Henin-Hardenne had come out firing on all cylinders on a sunlit Center Court to blaze through the first set 6-2 in just 31 minutes. The third seed, a runner-up here five years ago, seized control when she broke an edgy Mauresmo in first game of the match with a flowing volley. Triple French Open...

2006-07-08 09:17:40

LONDON (Reuters) - Justine Henin-Hardenne came out firing on all cylinders in the women's singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday, taking the first set 6-2 off world number one Amelie Mauresmo. The Belgian third seed, a runner-up here five years ago, seized control when she broke her edgy French opponent in the first game with a flowing volley. Triple French Open champion Henin-Hardenne dominated the early rallies from the forecourt, striking the ball cleanly and punching away...

2006-07-07 09:20:33

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - After a succession of blunderbuss women's finals at Wimbledon, Saturday's showpiece between Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne promises an old-fashioned dual of flashing backhands, subtle slices and rapier volleys. Following the biff and bash of the Williams sisters, the shrieking intensity of Maria Sharapova and the bludgeoning blows of Lindsay Davenport, a clash between the elfin-like Belgian and the swashbuckling Frenchwoman could be a...

2006-07-06 12:35:13

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Justine Henin-Hardenne and Amelie Mauresmo cleared the last treacherous hurdles on Thursday en route to a Wimbledon title showpiece that will have the tennis purists drooling. The mercurial Mauresmo wobbled badly against 2004 champion Maria Sharapova before coming through 6-3 3-6 6-2 to end an excruciating run of three semi-final defeats at Wimbledon. Earlier on Center Court Belgian dynamo Henin-Hardenne had too much firepower for compatriot Kim...


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