Accessibility links

Henin-Hardenne Wins Sydney International Tennis


Belgian tennis star Justine Henin-Hardenne has won the women's title at the Sydney International tournament in Australia.

She lost the first set and trailed Italian Francesca Schiavone 4-1 in the second set before rallying to win Friday's final, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Two years ago, Henin-Hardenne won this tournament and went on to take the season's first major at the Australian Open two weeks later. This year's Australian Open begins Monday.

Earlier in the day, in a men's semifinal, American James Blake overcame a 4-2 first-set deficit to upset second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, 6-4, 6-2.

Blake will play the Sydney final on Saturday against Russia's Igor Andreev, who beat Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Andreev and Blake will be vying for their fourth career ATP tournament wins.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

XS
SM
MD
LG