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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 March 2007, 20:05 GMT
Henin holds off Schnyder in Doha
Justine Henin
Henin won last week's Dubai Open crown
World number two Justine Henin battled past fifth seed Patty Schnyder 3-6 6-4 7-5 to set up a Qatar Open semi-final against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.

Belgium's Henin saved a match point in the third set at 4-5 and 30-40 down, and a lucky net cord and a service break in the 12th game sealed victory.

Daniela Hantuchova fought back from a set and a break down to beat third seed Martina Hingis 1-6 6-4 6-4.

The Slovakian now plays Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In my mind I always thought I had a chance, even when I was 1-4 down after losing the first set

Daniela Hantuchova

The second seed breezed past Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-3 6-4, while fourth seed Jankovic beat Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3 6-3.

Henin, who won last week's Dubai Open, said: "It was a tough match but I had predicted it.

"We are always involved in big fights, in three sets. She is a special player as she is a left-hander."

Hantuchova seemed headed for a quick exit as she surrendered the first set and quickly fell 4-1 down in the next.

But she won seven straight games to claim the set and take the advantage in the decider as she went on to victory.

"In my mind I always thought I had a chance, even when I was 1-4 down after losing the first set 1-6," said Hantuchova.

"With Martina missing lots of balls I knew it was (only) a matter of time.

"I am proud of the way I turned the match around.

"I just stayed positive and played my game and beat a top-10 player. I am happy about it."



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