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Sunday, 23 June, 2002, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Schalken gets Wimbledon lift
Dutchman Sjeng Schalken
Schalken celebrates winning his seventh title
Dutchman Sjeng Schalken won the Ordina Open in front of his home crowd on Sunday, beating Arnaud Clement 3-6 6-3 6-2.

Dutchman Schalken fought back from dropping the opening set to claim the seventh singles title of his career.

"It's fantastic to win in your own country," Schalken said after the match, which took a minute over two hours.

Schalken reached the final after defeating second seed Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Tommy Robredo of Spain in the semi-final.

Clement's path to the final was eased after top seed and defending champion Leyton Hewitt pulled out of their quarter-final with a stomach virus.

Arnaud Clement
Clement said Schalken was too good

Clement, contesting his first final of the year, played a near perfect first set, catching the Dutchman flatfooted several times with deft drop shots and aggressive net play.

Schalken's reply was to take an error-prone second set, breaking Clement three times while losing his own serve twice with double faults.

But his service game picked up in the third set, and he was able to utilise his most useful weapon, his backhand, in a series of powerful passing shots.

Clement said: "After the first set, Sjeng played better and better. He was just too good for me today."

On Saturday, Eleni Daniilidou of Greece was a surprise winner of the WTA event, coming back in the final to defeat Russian Elena Dementieva 3-6 6-2 6-3.

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