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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 June 2007, 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK
Henin v Ivanovic as it happened
French Open

Final result:

J HENIN (Bel) bt I IVANOVIC (Ser)

6-1 6-2

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES:

By Piers Newbery

Second set

Henin 6-2 Ivanovic
There it is, Henin completes a superb two weeks with a love-service game after Ivanovic sportingly concedes an ace that is mistakenly called out. The Belgian sweeps into the net and punches away a volley on match point before taking the applause of the Paris crowd. Four titles in five years - you can't argue with that.

Henin 5-2 Ivanovic
We're still going - Ivanovic plays her best game since the opener, cracking one huge forehand winner on her way to a love hold. Henin is back to her notes at the changeover, which presumably say something like "hit four aces".

Henin 5-1 Ivanovic
Two Henin errors send a murmur around the crowd - they're that desperate for some competitive stuff - but the champion recovers with two fine smashes. Nearly there now.

"It's all been a bit too much for Ivanovic really."
BBC Sport analyst Sam Smith

Henin 4-1 Ivanovic
A double-fault and a wild forehand get Ivanovic off to yet another bad start on serve and she is soon facing two break points. The teenager saves the first, just, as Henin gets a bit tentative but a dodgy Ivanovic forehand brings the game to an end. It's all a bit depressing really.

Henin 3-1 Ivanovic
Henin is still bossing things on serve, drawing short balls from the Ivanovic return and punching them away. She looks really fired up too.

Henin 2-1 Ivanovic
Relief all around as Ivanovic stops the rot with a love-service game, although it's not totally straightforward. Still, the crowd are happy at the slightest sign of a competitive match. Speaking of the crowd, we've had a distinct lack of stars of stage and screen today.

Henin 2-0 Ivanovic
Martina Navratilova looks on impassively as the Henin express rolls on. Ivanovic does enjoy a backhand cross-court winner and lets out a scream of relief, before finding a winning forehand to get to 15-30, but a sloppy backhand lets Henin back in and the Belgian goes on to hold. Eight straight games - "Allez!" indeed.

Henin 1-0 Ivanovic
After problems with her serve and her backhand, Ivanovic is now struggling with the forehand - she may have to win this using only volleys. Another break of serve is greeted with the first signs of discontent from the Parisian crowd.


First set

"Henin has really got her claws into this match now. It's identical to the last two rounds when Serena and Jankovic were not allowed by Henin to do what they do. It's genius really."
BBC Sport analyst Sam Smith

Henin 6-1 Ivanovic
More errors from Ivanovic and the set is over in 34 minutes - so at least Ivanovic has done better than Natasha Zvereva who lost 6-0 6-0 to Steffi Graf in the same time in the 1988 final.

Henin 5-1 Ivanovic
The Ivanovic radar has gone haywire and she's spraying the ball all over the place. We've seen a few short women's finals in Paris and we could be in for another one. Henin breaks again without having to do much.

Henin 4-1 Ivanovic
Henin looks comfortable now and is dictating play. Ivanovic's first-serve percentage is 35% at the moment - that needs to change quickly. Henin wins the game to 15 and then heads to the changeover where she begins leafing through pages of notes. It reminds me of the night before my geography A Level. I got a 'D' in the end - Mr Moody was appropriately furious.

Henin 3-1 Ivanovic
It's a vital game for Ivanovic and she clearly feels the pressure, following up a backhand winner with an error and being forced back by Henin's heavy topspin. The Belgian gets to break point but Ivanovic saves it with a fortuitous drop shot. In fairness, Ivanovic flashes a slightly shame-faced smile by way of apology. Lovely. Anyway, another break point arrives soon after and Ivanovic double-faults. No smiling this time.

Henin 2-1 Ivanovic
It's not great stuff from either player at the moment but Henin does appear to have settled into some sort of rhythm and she holds to 15.

Henin 1-1 Ivanovic
A very poor start from the champion sees Ivanovic move to 40-0 but the Serb then starts having problems with her ball toss and Henin gets back to deuce. An edgy game from both women ends with a net-cord in the Belgian's favour and it's all square.

Novak Djokovic is sighted having a sneaky look at his compatriot from the stands, obviously recovered from his bruising encounter with Nadal yesterday.

Henin 0-1 Ivanovic
We're off, and Ivanovic shows no signs of nerves with a couple of belting forehand winners to earn two break points. The first disappears with a missed return and Henin makes short shrift of the second when she hammers a forehand, but the Belgian double-faults two points later to hand over an early break.

1410 BST: The first few shots of the crowd and so far all we've got is Mary Pierce and Cedric Pioline. No offence but it's hardly Don Johnson and Antonio Banderas. Meanwhile, the umpire is having a few microphone problems and the crowd is typically sympathetic, giving him the first slow hand-clap of the day.

"The last classic final was Capriati beating Clijsters 12-10 in the third in 2001, since then they've all been straight sets, but it's set up for a good one today."
Five Live's Jonathan Overend

1400 BST: It's a beautiful day in Paris at the moment and Court Philippe Chatrier is actually full. Sacre bleu. The players come out, with Ivanovic getting a healthy round of applause before a loud cheer for Henin. They like her because she speaks French.

1355 BST: Justine Henin will try to become the first woman since Monica Seles to win three straight titles at Roland Garros this afternoon, while Seles' compatriot Ivanovic hopes to spring a major upset in her first Grand Slam final.

Having seen the way Henin demolished Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic in the previous rounds, it's going to be a tall order for the 19-year-old Serb.

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