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Tennis: Henin-Hardenne into French Open final!

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posted on Jun, 2 2005 @ 08:52 AM
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Justine Henin-Hardenne's impressive recovery from illness and injury continued today when a 6-2 6-3 win over outclassed Russian Nadia Petrova put her within touching distance of a second French Open title. For the Belgian 10th seed, the 2003 champion, it was her 23rd successive win and she will now face either France's Mary Pierce or Russia's Elena Likhovtseva on Saturday for the championship.

If she pulls it off, it will complete a remarkable turnaround in her fortunes.

Henin-Hardenne, who turned 23 on Wednesday, has battled back from an energy-sapping virus which decimated large parts of her 2004 campaign as well as a fractured knee which kept her off the tour until April. But since her return, she has picked up titles in Charleston, Warsaw and Berlin, where she defeated Petrova in the final, and has battled back pain to make the final here.

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