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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 June 2006, 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK
Gamewatch: Henin v Kuznetsova
French Open

Final result:

J HENIN-H Bel bt S KUZNETSOVA Rus

6-4 6-4


Game-by-game updates:

Second set:

Henin-Hardenne 6-4 Kuznetsova
The game is delayed while the crowd enjoy a Mexican wave, followed by a round of applause. Henin-Hardenne remains totally focused, opening with an ace and hitting her best backhand of the match to get to 40-15 and double match point. She converts the second with a service winner.

Henin-Hardenne 5-4 Kuznetsova
Victory is in sight for Henin-Hardenne at 30-30 but Kuznetsova holds her nerve to make the Belgian serve out the match.

Henin-Hardenne 5-3 Kuznetsova
Henin-Hardenne holds to love and looks set to take her third French Open title.

Henin-Hardenne 4-3 Kuznetsova
With the finish line in sight, Henin-Hardenne ups her game dramatically. A beautiful forehand winner takes her to three break points and she puts away a smash to break serve.

Henin-Hardenne 3-3 Kuznetsova
It's hard work now for Henin-Hardenne, who does well to get back from 0-30 but then double faults on her first game point. She finds a good backhand to earn another and takes the game with a Kuznetsova error.

Henin-Hardenne 2-3 Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova is made to battle desperately hard to hold serve, knowing another slip up could prove too much to recover. The Russian misses a succession of game points before a Henin-Hardenne mistake finally hands her the game.

Henin-Hardenne 2-2 Kuznetsova
Henin-Hardenne draws level with a solid service game that ends with a fizzing backhand pass.

Henin-Hardenne 1-2 Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova looks in control at 30-0 but then the nerves appear to strike. Two forehand errors hand back the break to Henin-Hardenne.

Henin-Hardenne 0-2 Kuznetsova
Henin-Hardenne makes a poor start to the second set, with two unforced errors seeing her slip to 0-40. Kuznetsova secures the break with a superb rally that is finished off with a forehand winner.

Henin-Hardenne 0-1 Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova holds to love again and she continues to look in good shape following her nervous start to the first set.


First set:

I think Kuznetsova's looking better than she did at 4-1 down, and Henin-Hardenne still isn't playing that well but she's doing enough.
BBC Sport analyst Sam Smith

Henin-Hardenne 6-4 Kuznetsova
There are some nerves for Henin-Hardenne when Kuznetsova takes the first point but at 30-30 she finds a service winner, and Kuznetsova nets a forehand on set point.

Henin-Hardenne 5-4 Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova holds to love for the first time in the match and is looking much more confident now.

Henin-Hardenne 5-3 Kuznetsova
Henin-Hardenne wins the first point in the best rally of the match so far, passing the incoming Kuznetsova with a cross-court forehand. The Belgian moves to 40-0 but lets Kuznetsova get back to deuce before finding a superb backhand winner on her way to holding.

Henin-Hardenne 4-3 Kuznetsova
A much more confident game brings Kuznetsova back within a game but she remains a break down.

Henin-Hardenne 4-2 Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova has not given up on this set and battles her way to her first break point of the day, but wastefully puts the ball long. A second chance comes along and this time it is Henin-Hardenne who double faults, bringing Kuznetsova back into the set.

Henin-Hardenne has had to do very little so far except play focused tennis - she'll be very happy with these five games.
BBC Sport analyst Sam Smith

Henin-Hardenne 4-1 Kuznetsova
Henin-Hardenne completely wrong-foots Kuznetsova with a forehand winner down the line to earn two break points. She nets a backhand on the first but Kuznetsova double faults to give up the break, and surely the set.

Henin-Hardenne 3-1 Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova has half a chance at 30-30 but plays a wild forehand that goes well long, and Henin-Hardenne takes the next point to hold.

Henin-Hardenne 2-1 Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova is determined to get into the net on a regular basis and at last has some success, punching away one backhand as she gets off the mark.

Henin-Hardenne 2-0 Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova questions a couple of calls, more in hope than expectation, and Henin-Hardenne takes the game to 30.

Henin-Hardenne 1-0 Kuznetsova
After the opening two points are shared, Kuznetsova complains that the ball has popped in the third rally and the point is replayed. She soon finds herself break-point down but saves it with a confident forehand. Henin-Hardenne does not waste her second chance, however, punching a forehand down the line to break.

If Kuznetsova has opportunites she has to be bold, go for her shots and have no regrets.
BBC Sport analyst Sam Smith

The players are out on a sun-bathed Phillipe Chatrier Court and the temperature is already 29C.

SEE ALSO
Men's singles draw
26 May 06 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
26 May 06 |  Tennis
French Open schedule
27 May 06 |  Tennis
French Open on the BBC
27 Apr 06 |  Tennis


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