Henin Wins 2nd Straight Clay Title at WTA Warsaw

Posted on May 2, 2005

Former No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne ran her win streak to 11 Sunday at the WTA stop in Warsaw, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova from a set down to capture her second consecutive claycourt title 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

It was the first meeting on clay in six previous match-ups for the two, with the Belgian winning five of six entering the Sunday encounter.

"It was a great battle at the end of the match," Henin-Hardenne said. "It's been only for her in the first set and only for me in the second, and finally in the third set we saw a good match, a good fight...She was hitting the ball very hard. She's very powerful, especially with her forehand, and I was really defensive."

The Belgian is quickly making up for lost time after missing the beginning of the year with a virus and knee injury, and won her previous event in Charleston. She is 14-1 this year since returning to play on the hardcourts at Miami.

"It's good that I've got a lot of matches, that was the main goal," Henin-Hardenne said. "Now I have a couple of matches on clay, and that gives me a lot of confidence before the French Open. And I hope next week in Berlin I will still have other matches."

WTA officials project Henin-Hardenne will move back into the Top 15 with the win.

Kuznetsova, who edged Kim Clijsters in three sets to reach the final, is still looking for her maiden title on the year.

"I'd like to know how it happened, that I lost it," said Kuznetsova, who went on to answer her own question. "At the end of the (second) set I pulled my leg and I wasn't moving so well...I couldn't stay with her on the same level."

In the doubles final the unseeded team of Tatiana Perebiynis and Barbora Strycova won their first title, defeating Poland's Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska 6-1, 6-4.