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Justine Henin-Hardenne Wins French Open Women's Final - 2003-06-07


Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne has won the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament in straight sets, defeating fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters.

The fourth seed Henin-Hardenne dominated the match Saturday from the start, winning the first six games in short time to take the first set in the best of three sets competition. She took the second set 6-4.

The victory at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris came in Henin-Hardenne's first trip to a Grand Slam final.

In her semifinal match, Henin-Hardenne beat the number one player in the world, Serena Williams from the United States, to advance. Williams had won the last four Grand Slam events, and was the defending champion on the clay courts of the French Open.

The second seed Clijsters beat Nadia Petrova of Russia in her semifinal match.

The men's final on Sunday places unseeded Dutch player Martin Verkerk against number three Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain.

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