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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Hantuchova stuns Mauresmo to reach Eastbourne final

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posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 02:19 PM
Eastbourne, England (AP) - Resurgent Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova shocked top-seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo on Friday to reach the title match at The Hastings Direct International Tennis Championships.

Hantuchova dropped the first set against the world No. 4 Mauresmo before charging back for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 stunner on the grass at Devonshire Park International Tennis Centre.

Mauresmo fell to 2-2 lifetime against Hantuchova, including 0-1 on grass. They hadn't met in two years prior to Friday.

Hantuchova's opponent in the final will be rapidly-rising Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who also posted a big comeback win on Day 5. The second-seeded Kuznetsova dropped the first set against her fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva before roaring back for a 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 decision against the fourth seed.

The 21-year-old Hantuchova is 1-0 lifetime against the 18-year-old Kuznetsova, with the victory coming on an indoor carpet in Leipzig, Germany last year.

The world No. 9 Kuznetsova is 2-3 in her career finals, including 0-3 this season, while Hantuchova is 1-1 in her career title matches, with her last one coming 20 months ago.

Hantuchova is currently ranked 54th in the world, this after finishing at No. 8 in 2002.

The winner of this $585,000 final Wimbledon tune-up will collect $93,000.


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