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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 June, 2005, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
As it happened: Henin v Pierce
French Open:

Final result:

J Henin Bel v M Pierce Fra

6-1 6-1



Game-by-game updates:

Second set

Henin-Hardenne 6-1 Pierce
Henin is unstoppable as she moves closer to a second French Open title. She moves to two championship points with an ace - but delivers a double fault before sealing what was another disappointing women's final in Paris.

Henin-Hardenne 5-1 Pierce
Pierce misses a chance again at the net to slide to 40-30 - and her unforced errors have proved costly as she then slides to deuce. Pierce rushes forward on the attack again - a tactic she might have been better employed to use before - but Henin recovers to advantage again. A double fault hands her the break again.

Henin-Hardenne 4-1 Pierce
Henin rolls effortlessly with her big-hitters and Pierce is only able to steal a single point.

Henin-Hardenne 3-1 Pierce
Pierce continues to unravel with frustration growing. But she raises her hands as she moves 40-30 ahead but bangs her racquet on her foot as she goes to deuce. Pierce manages to hold to the delight of the crowd.

Henin-Hardenne 3-0 Pierce
Henin is back to her clinical best at Roland Garros and she hurries to a 3-0 lead.

Henin-Hardenne 2-0 Pierce
As rain falls again, Pierce is undone by her flat footwork as she slides to 15-30. The match is also beginning to feel flat and Pierce screws an easy smash at the net again at 30-40 before surrending a break.

Henin-Hardenne 1-0 Pierce
Pierce is still trying to fight and steals two points from Henin with some good two-handed returns. Rain begins to fall and there are some distractions from the crowd. Pierce moves to advantage but she flies a forehand wide. After a second deuce, Henin moves to advantage and Pierce misses an easy chance at the net - and a chance to break.

First set

Henin-Hardenne 6-1 Pierce
Henin is able to counter Pierce's best efforts as the Frenchwoman tries to figure out a way past the Belgian. A double fault sees Pierce go 15-40 down and hand Henin two set-points. She recovers one with an ace. A third double fault hands Henin the set and things are beginning to look bleak.

Henin-Hardenne 5-1 Pierce
The Frenchwoman manages to grab a couple of points from Henin but she holds again.

Henin-Hardenne 4-1 Pierce
Pierce continues to make errors as she tries to contend with the 10th seed and once again the crowd try to rouse her. She slides to 15-40 with a looping lob, recovers to 30-40 with a smash but Henin breaks again.

Henin-Hardenne 3-1 Pierce
Pierce struggles to pick up Henin's powerful, sweeping backhands and the crowd begin to shout more encouragement as the Belgian comfortably holds.

Henin-Hardenne 2-1 Pierce
Clouds begin to gather overhead and Henin moves into the net to steal a 0-30 advantage. Pierce sends her volley rashly long to hand Henin the first break-point. The Belgian takes it with a smooth backhand.

Henin-Hardenne 1-1 Pierce
Henin is much more efficient on her first service-game, holding out to love with a rasping backhand.

Henin-Hardenne 0-1 Pierce
Pierce opens up the women's final by serving first and surrenders the first point to Henin. The Frenchwoman executes a perfect forehand down right down the line at 30-15. And Pierce holds after an interesting first game.

Henin-Hardenne and Pierce warm up in the weak Paris sunshine with hopes high for a spirited and competitive final.

The players are welcomed onto Centre Court at Roland Garros to contest the first-ever Franco-Belgian women's final.

Home favourite Mary Pierce receives a rousing reception from the French crowd. French number one Amelie Mauresmo is also there watching her compatriot from the stands.


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