Broken-Fingered Henin Seeks First WTA Title in Two Years at Stuttgart
Justine Henin and Samantha Stosur will meet for the Porche Grand Prix Tennis Stuttgart title on Sunday. Henin, who’s been playing with a broken left pinkie finger, eased passed Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-2.
“There were some games that were so close. I just played well in the important moments,” Henin said. “I just tried to do my job and be really focused.”
This is Henin’s fifth tournament since returning to the WTA Tour at the start of the year and her third final after finishing runner-up at Brisbane (Kim Clijsters) and the Australian Open (Serena Williams).
“I hope to have my first title. It would be fantastic,” Henin said. “The beginning of the season was really successful. I only missed a few opportunities on hard, so I hope it will help to be on clay now. I expect a tough match tomorrow.”
Henin has 41 career titles with her last coming at Antwerp in February of 2008.
Peer was celebrating her 23rd birthday Saturday.
The seventh-seeded Stosur dashed the hopes of surprise semifinalist Anna Lapushchenkova, 7-5, 6-3. The 23-year-old Russian qualifier did lead in both sets 5-2 in the first, 3-1 in the second before faltering.
“She was quite tricky. Eventually I kind of worked it out,” said Stosur who is 11-0 in 2010 on clay and she’s won 16 of her last 17 on the dirt.. “I played her in doubles in Dubai last year. I couldn’t remember too much. My coach watched her this week, but it’s different when you’re figuring it out for yourself.”
Henin and Stosur have never played before.
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