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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 March 2007, 16:50 GMT
Henin claims back-to-back titles
Justine Henin with the Qatar Open trophy
Henin has beaten Kuznetsova 14 times in their 15 meetings
Top seed Justine Henin won the Qatar Open on Saturday with a comfortable 6-4 6-2 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The Belgian, who won in Dubai last week, came from 4-2 down to take the first set and then broke three times in the second set to claim the title.

It was her 14th win in 15 matches against Russian Kuznetsova, whom she also beat in the semi-finals in Dubai.

It was an emphatic victory for Henin, 24, who endured tough three-setters in both her quarter-final and semi-final.

The world number two had to save a match point against Patty Schnyder in the last eight.

"The conditions were tough. I was 2-4 down in the first set and she was really playing well. She put me under lot of pressure," said Henin.

"But I came back strongly. I changed my tactics and started to go to the net often. She could feel that I was into the match and from then on I had control of the match.

"It's my first title in Doha and I love to win where I have never won in the past."

Ironically, Kuznetsova's only victory against Henin came at this tournament in 2004, the Belgian's only previous appearance at the Qatar event.

Henin is the first non-Russian to win the title for five years.

Kuznetsova was also the runner-up in 2004 when she lost to compatriot Anastasia Myskina.

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