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Henin-Hardenne Successfully Defends Women's French Open Tennis Title


Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne has successfully defended her title by winning the women's final at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris.

Henin-Hardenne, the fifth seed, scored a straight-sets win over eighth seed and former U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 6-4, 6-4.

It was the Belgian's 11th win over the Russian and earned her the French title for the third time. This is also her fifth major tournament title. Henin-Hardenne has won the French Open three out of the past four years (2003, 2005, 2006).

The men's final is Sunday with world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland taking on reigning champion Rafael Nadal of Spain. Nadal has won 59 straight matches on clay and leads Federer 5-1 all time in head-to-head matches.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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