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Last Updated: Monday, 6 June, 2005, 08:50 GMT 09:50 UK
Henin back after 'magic' victory
Justine Henin-Hardenne is jubilant after her Roland Garros win
Justine Henin-Hardenne was thrilled to claim a second French Open title three months after returning to the sport.

The 23-year-old Belgian spent seven months sidelined with a viral condition but was back in immaculate form as she downed Mary Pierce 6-1 6-1 in Paris.

"There are no words to describe this magic moment," said Henin. "It's a great victory for myself.

"I lived through some very difficult moments last year. It's so emotional for me but fills me with happiness."

Henin's victory sees her return to the top 10 in the world rankings. She is now ranked seventh.

The former world number one dropped out of the top 10 after January's Australian Open which she missed through a knee injury following a draining virus.

Her victory in Paris, and the fact that she finished her clay-court season undefeated, is a welcome tonic to the Belgian after her depressing 2004 season.

"I have experienced difficult times and asked myself a lot of questions last year and finally I now have some sort of answer," said Henin.

"I am back. I had always said that if I had to win one last Grand Slam in my career it would have been this one.

"I think I am enjoying my tennis more now than before my illness. Every ball I hit, it's with my heart."

The 2003 French Open champion took just over an hour to complete a thumping victory over French hope Pierce.

The Roland Garros crowd, eager to celebrate Pierce's success, instead were forced to watch the most one-sided final since Steffi Graf thrashed Natasha Zvereva 6-0 6-0 in 1988.

And Henin was quick to spare a thought for Pierce, who had not been given a chance to shine in Paris.

"Mary is somebody I like very much and respect a lot," said Henin. "It was very difficult for her.

"The public was fantastic, even though they were obviously for Mary."




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