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   Sunday, 19 January, 2003, 01:50 GMT
Gamewatch: Henin-Hardenne v Davenport
All the action from Melbourne as Justine Henin-Hardenne takes on Lindsay Davenport in an enthralling match-up.


Game-by-game updates:


Third set

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 9-7 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne has three match points as Davenport looks to have finally cracked.

However, Davenport fights off the first with a brave forehand and saves the second with an ace.

But she cannot repeat the trick and Henin-Hardenne clinches her first-ever victory against the American former champion.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 8-7 Davenport
As this magnificent match approaches three hours in duration, Henin-Hardenne falls to the ground with cramp at 0-15 in the 15th game.

She returns to action after an injury time out and hits an ace. However, Davenport forces a break point and Henin-Hardenne has to pull out all the stops to save it.

A couple of fine shots later and Davenport once again has to serve to stay in the match.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 7-7 Davenport
Two booming forehands from Davenport get her back in the game from 0-30, but an error brings up match point.

Henin-Hardenne narrowly misses with an attempted winner, before her American rival seals the game.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 7-6 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne has the more potent baseline shots and she grafts hard to edge ahead again.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 6-6 Davenport
Davenport shows her metal with a dogged service hold. This epic encounter is going the distance.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 6-5 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne makes a flurry of winners to hold. In match that has swung from side to side like a pendulum, she now looks odds on to reach the quarter-finals.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 5-5 Davenport
Mistakes are starting to creep into the Davenport game as she is put under immense pressure by her Belgian opponent.

Henin-Hardenne comes back from the brink to level again.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 4-5 Davenport
A controversial call costs Henin-Hardenne a key point and she folds to a service loss after some wild - if gutsy - hitting.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 4-4 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne is destroying Davenport's second serve and she squares a match that seemed to be slipping out of her reach.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 3-4 Davenport
Fabulous baseline hitting from Henin-Hardenne reduces her arrears to one game. The battle is rejoined.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 2-4 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne is making errors now as she tries to gun winners down the lines. But her spirit is unbroken and an ill-timed Davenport double fault gives her hope.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 1-4 Davenport
Triple break point spells disaster for the Belgian, who loses another service game, and apparently, her stomach for the fight.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 1-3 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne threatens, but Davenport consolidates and looks a strong favourite to progress.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 1-2 Davenport
More tenacious play from the Belgian helps her save break point, but Davenport then tightens her grip on the match with a sequence of powerful returns.

Henin-Hardenne calls for the trainer. She appears to have a foot injury.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 1-1 DavenportDavenport is visibly more confident now and the weight of her groundstrokes earns her a quick reply.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 1-0 Davenport
Despite the disappointment of losing a second set she might have won, Henin-Hardenne opens the decider with typical resolve.


Second set

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-7 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne races into a 40-love lead but then dumps a smash into the net and Davenport hauls her way back to deuce.

A powerful smash gives her set point but Henin saves it with a fine backhand.

Davenport forces another with some powerful hitting from the back of the court and Henin-Hardenne sends a backhand wide to give Davenport the second set.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-6 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne loses the first two points and then finds herself set-point down at 30-40.

The Belgian promptly miss-times a forehand and hands Davenport the chance to serve for the match.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-5 Davenport
At 15-30 down on her serve it looks as though it might be all over for Davenport.

Howeve, the game goes to a series of deuces and Davenport holds to stay in the match.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 5-4 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne halts the rot and she is now just one game away from victory.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 4-4 Davenport
Davenport's confidence is coming flowing back and she holds her serve to level the set.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 4-3 Davenport
The momentum of the match has suddenly changed.

After fighting off break points in the previous game that would have seen her trailling 5-1, Davenport breaks Henin-Hardenne to put doubt in the Belgian's mind.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 4-2 Davenport
Davenport fights off break points to stay alive in the match, but only just.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 4-1 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne races through her service game and looks well on her way to victory.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 3-1 Davenport
Davenport finally manages to hold her serve and open her account in the second set.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 3-0 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne holds her serve and has now won five games in a row.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 2-0 Davenport
Davenport once again drops her serve as Henin-Hardenne threatens to take charge.

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 1-0 Davenport
Henine-Hardenne holds her serve and has now won three games in a row.


First set

Henin-Hardenne 7-5 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne forces two set points but comes up with two errors to be hauled back to deuce.

Davenport then nets a volley to hand the Belgian another set point and the American follows up with another error to give Henin-Hardenne the first set.

Henin-Hardenne 6-5 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne holds serve to once again move within a game of taking the first set.

Henin-Hardenne 5-5 Davenport
Davenport races to a 40-15 lead but Henin-Hardenne wins the next three points to force set point.

However, Davenport saves it with an ace down the middle and goes on to hold her serve.

Henin-Hardenne 5-4 Davenport
Henin-Hardenne's first ace of the match helps her to a rare service-game win and gives her the chance to steal the opening set.

Henin-Hardenne 4-4 Davenport
Yet another break of serve as neither woman is able to take a hold of this match.

Henin-Hardenne 3-4 Davenport
Davenport's weight of shot is telling and she breaks Henin-Hardenne for the third time in a row.

Henin-Hardenne 3-3 Davenport
Both players are not really firing on all cylinders.

But Henin-Hardenne comes up with a couple of sparkling passing shots as she breaks back once again.

Henin-Hardenne 2-3 Davenport
The flurry of breaks continues as Davenport breaks her Belgian opponent's serve for the second time.

Henin-Hardenne 2-2 Davenport
The diminutive Belgian shows marvellous court coverage to stay in the rallies and immediately break back.

Henin-Hardenne 1-2 Davenport
Both players are quickly into their stride and Henin-Hardenne produces a sumptuous backhand lob to win one rally.

However, she finds herself break-point down and dumps a backhand in the net to give Davenport an early advantage.

Henin-Hardenne 1-1 Davenport
Davenport holds her own service, but not without surviving some scares along the way.

Henin-Hardenne 1-0 Davenport
A nervy opening from Henin, who double faults en route to break point in her first service game.

The Belgian fights back to hold, but the early signs point to this being a high quality affair.

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