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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 June 2007, 17:11 GMT 18:11 UK
Henin dedicates title to family
Justine Henin
Henin heads to Wimbledon looking to complete her Grand Slam set
An emotional Justine Henin described the tumultuous changes in her personal life after winning the French Open.

Henin beat Ana Ivanovic to win a fourth Paris crown months after splitting from her husband and being reconciled with her estranged family.

For the first time her siblings David, Thomas and Sarah were courtside.

"I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life in the last few months and the fact my family is back in my life is a great feeling," she told Five Live.

"I really wanted to give them this victory - it's a huge step in my life."

The Belgian has won the last three titles at Roland Garros and told of her affection for the tournament.

"It's deep, it's a love story," she said. "I came here when I was 10 years old and I love to play on clay, I love the atmosphere here, it's my language, it's my culture."

My serve was going everywhere and it was very hard to control it

Ana Ivanovic

Henin admitted that she knew the victory would be hers as early as the second game when she recovered from dropping serve in the opener.

"The two games after I felt she was really nervous and it was going to be my day today," said the 25-year-old.

And Henin now heads to Wimbledon looking for the one Grand Slam title she has yet to win.

"It is important and remains a very important goal for me," she said. "It wouldn't be the end for me in a tennis sense if I never win it but it would be a great achievement in my career.

"I'm sure that in a week I'll be on the grass and very happy to change surface."

Ivanovic admitted she had been affected by nerves after making a great start by breaking serve in the opening game and moving 40-0 up in the second.

606: DEBATE

"In the beginning I felt OK," she said. "I was trying to put the nerves aside but all of a sudden it just hit me and I had so much trouble with my ball toss.

"My serve was going everywhere and it was very hard to control it. She's a great player and she could use the opportunities she had.

"She's been there before, she's won Grand Slams many times before, so she knew how to deal with the nerves."

Ivanovic added: "For sure I have ambitions to win a Grand Slam and reach the number one position but I think this was a great experience for me."

And the teenager admitted she felt the absence of coach Sven Groenefeld, who stepped back before the final because he is employed by the sponsor of both Ivanovic and Henin.

"Maybe it would have been a little bit different if he could have given me some tactics but in the end of the day we're on the court and have to find a way to win on our own," she said.

"I couldn't do it today."

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