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Heinin Takes Sydney Tennis Title


Belgian tennis star Justine Henin has won her 28th match in a row, capturing the Sydney International tournament in Australia.

The world No. 1 had to rally from a first set loss and a 3-0 deficit in the deciding set to beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Henin's last loss was in the 2007 Wimbledon semifinals. She will try to extend her streak to 29 in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne next week when she plays Aiko Nakamura of Japan.

Earlier Friday, Russian Dmitry Tursunov and Australian Chris Guccione scored semifinal victories to advance to Saturday's men's final in Sydney.

Tursunov beat France's Fabrice Santoro in straight sets (6-3, 7-6), while Guccione upset Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in three sets (7-6, 3-6, 6-4).

Guccione is ranked 125th in the world. This will be his first ATP Tour final and also his first match against Tursunov, the California-based Russian. It is the first Sydney men's final since 2000 without seeded players.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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