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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 September 2006, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
US Open women's final photos

Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne

Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne line up for the women's final on Arthur Ashe Stadium

Justine Henin-Hardenne

Henin-Hardenne makes the better start to the final, breaking Sharapova in the second game for an early lead

Maria Sharapova

But Sharapova is in determined mood in only her second Grand Slam final, breaking twice to wrap up the first set 6-4

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova plays spectacularly in the second set, eventually breaking in game eight on her way to a 6-4 6-4 win

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova points out that she has now won two Grand Slam titles - or maybe she's just greeting the press

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova celebrates by heading into the crowd to hug hitting partner Michael Joyce, watched by her father Yuri

Maria Sharapova

Her first significant error of the day is dropping the trophy lid on her head but it's not going to spoil her moment

Justine Henin-Hardenne and Maria Sharapova

A gracious Henin-Hardenne puts on a brave face as Sharapova enjoys that Grand Slam feeling once again

Roger Federer hits a shot in his US Open semi-final against Nikolay Davydenko

The men's semi-finals sees world number one Roger Federer storm into a 3-0 lead against Nikolay Davydenko

Nikolay Davydenko serves to Roger Federer

Davydenko is also in trouble in his second service game, but finds a couple of big serves to register his first game

Nikolay Davydenko reacts after losing a point

But the Russian's joy is short-lived as the Swiss ace closes out the set without further mishap in just 21 minutes

Roger Federer

Federer breaks again to take game five of set two, but Davydenko fights back with a break of his own next game

Roger Federer takes the second set 7-5

The defending champion is in imperious form though and breaks in game 11 before serving out the second set

Nikolay Davydenko (foreground) chases down a Roger Federer shot

Federer breaks midway through the third set, but Davydenko refuses to be beaten and hits back immediately

Roger Federer celebrates beating Nikolay Davydenko in the US Open semi-final

The number one seed regains his composure to seal a 6-1 7-5 6-4 victory and move closer to his third US Open crown

Andy Roddick in action against Mikhail Youzhny

Home favourite Andy Roddick is broken early on by Mikhail Youzhny in their semi-final, but hits back to level at 3-3

Mikhail Youzhny wins the opening set against Andy Roddick

The remaining games go with serve and it is the Russian who holds his nerve to win the first-set tie-break 7-5

Andy Roddick stretches to hit a return

Roddick moves up a gear in the second set and breaks Youzhny's serve three times to level the match

Mikhail Youzhny

Youzhny's serve is under pressure in the third set but another tie break is needed and this time Roddick prevails, 7-3

Andy Roddick

Roddick is made to work hard but takes his fourth match point for a 6-7 (5-7) 6-0 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory

US Open day 12 photos
08 Sep 06 |  Tennis

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