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2006-06-09 21:06:45

PARIS (Reuters) - Justine Henin-Hardenne is firm favorite to win her third French Open title in four years and in doing so erase the disappointment of her Australian Open nightmare on Saturday. The Belgian, who retired from the Melbourne Park final against Amelie Mauresmo due to illness in January, tackles doughty Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the showpiece match of the claycourt grand slam. "It was a hard moment in my career," Henin-Hardenne said. "I have yet to bury it. (Today) I...

2006-06-08 12:56:23

By Bill Barclay PARIS (Reuters) - Kim Clijsters's 23rd birthday was wrecked by a recurring nightmare and Nicole Vaidisova paid the price for an attack of teenage nerves in the French Open semi-finals on Thursday. Defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne outplayed Clijsters in a manner reminiscent of her one-sided win in the 2003 final at the claycourt grand slam. Then she thrashed hardcourt specialist Clijsters 6-0 6-4 and on Thursday Clijsters won only one game more in a 6-3 6-2...

2006-06-08 11:30:12

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Belgian defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne ruined Kim Clijsters's birthday when she outclassed her compatriot 6-3 6-2 to reach the final of the French Open on Thursday. Henin-Hardenne, seeded fifth, will face eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday's final after the Russian stormed back from one set down to knock out Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova. The Belgian now has the chance to become the first player since Spain's Arantxa...

2006-06-08 11:18:54

PARIS (Reuters) - Belgian defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne beat compatriot Kim Clijsters 6-3 6-2 to reach the final of the French Open on Thursday. Henin-Hardenne, seeded fifth, will face eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday's final after the Russian stormed back from one set down to knock out Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova. Second seed Clijsters, who was celebrating her 23rd birthday on center court, could have taken over from France's Amelie Mauresmo at the top of...

2006-06-08 09:52:38

PARIS (Reuters) - Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova fought through to her first French Open final on Thursday with a dogged 5-7 7-6 6-2 victory over Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova. Vaidisova, who had knocked out world number one Amelie Mauresmo and Venus Williams on her way to the last four, controlled a see-saw semi-final for almost two sets and served for the match at 5-4 in the second before choking badly. The 17-year-old had never been beyond round four of a grand slam before and a...

2006-06-07 21:16:26

PARIS (Reuters) - Defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne continues her quest for a third French Open crown with an all-Belgian semi-final against twice finalist Kim Clijsters on Thursday. Henin-Hardenne, probably the tour's best clay-court player, also aims to become the sixth player in the professional era to win Roland Garros without dropping a set, and the first since Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1994. Henin-Hardenne, who has yet to be really tested on the Paris clay,...

2006-06-07 08:13:57

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Liberated from her grand slam angst, Kim Clijsters is looking for sweet revenge against defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne in the French Open semi-finals on Thursday, her 23rd birthday. Clijsters has twice been a losing finalist at Roland Garros and the memories of her 6-0 6-4 thrashing in 2003 by Henin-Hardenne are still fresh. Her fellow Belgian also beat her in the 2003 U.S. Open final and in the 2004 Australian Open title decider, before...

2006-06-06 12:02:29

By Bill Barclay PARIS (Reuters) - Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova followed up her upset win over world number one Amelie Mauresmo by dazzling another grand slam champion in the French Open quarter-finals on Tuesday. This time the 17-year-old mesmerized Wimbledon title-holder Venus Williams 6-7 6-1 6-3 to confirm she is the emerging force of women's tennis. Belgian Kim Clijsters stopped Martina Hingis in her tracks while men's top seed Roger Federer and women's defending champion...

2006-06-06 08:55:12

By Bill Barclay PARIS (Reuters) - Kim Clijsters stopped Martina Hingis in her tracks at the French Open on Tuesday, outhitting the Swiss in a 7-6 6-1 quarter-final win. The Belgian also knocked Hingis out of the Australian Open quarter-finals in January and once again her greater weight of shot counted for more than her opponent's tactical experience. Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova dazzled Venus Williams to storm into her first grand slam semi-final with a 6-7 6-1 6-3 victory. She...

2006-06-05 21:15:41

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Former world number one Martina Hingis must rise to the challenge of Belgian second seed Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals at the French Open on Tuesday. The Swiss will step on to the center court full of confidence but as an outsider against Clijsters, a finalist at Roland Garros in 2001 and 2003. Hingis, who has yet to be challenged at the French Open this year, never failed to reach the semi-finals on the Paris clay in her last five...


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