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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 January, 2004, 02:28 GMT
Gamewatch: Henin v Clijsters
All the action as Justine Henin-Hardenne defeats fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in the Australian Open final.

Result: Henin 6-3 4-6 6-3 Clijsters


Third set

Henin 6-3 4-6 6-3 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne holds her nerve to clinch her first Australian Open title, firing down an unreturnable serve to finally end the the challenge of her compatriot.

Henin 6-3 4-6 5-3 Clijsters
The drama heightens. Clijsters plays some sublime tennis to get herself to game point, but delivers a limp double fault. Incredibly, she does the same again on a second. Henin-Hardenne finds herself with break point and the umpire overrules a Clijsters volley to leave the top seed serving for the match.

Henin 6-3 4-6 4-3 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne serves a double fault and then fires a forehand long to give Clijsters two break points. She finds a backhand winner to save the first but Clijsters takes the second, despite a horrible mishit midway through the rally.

Henin 6-3 4-6 4-2 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne appears to have lost her way again, as she did in the second set. Clijsters holds to 15 but still has another break to recover.

Henin 6-3 4-6 4-1 Clijsters
Clijsters is not ready to give up the title yet and ups the pace on her groundstrokes to force a break point. She recovers one of the breaks with a clever angled forehand.

Henin 6-3 4-6 4-0 Clijsters
A ferocious forehand return gives Henin-Hardenne three break points. She needs only one to leave herself two games from victory for the second time in the match.

Henin 6-3 4-6 3-0 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne appears to have rediscovered her form as she races intoa 40-0 lead, but she delivers two straight double faults to undermine her confidence. Clijsters cannot capitalise though and nets a forehand.

Henin 6-3 4-6 2-0 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne lets her opponent off the hook with a wayward forehand at 30-30, but Clijsters responds by planting two simple backhands into the net. Another backhand is just wide and Henin-Hardenne grabs the early break.

Henin 6-3 4-6 1-0 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne stops a run of four games against her, as Clijsters' intensity drops.


Second set

Henin 6-3 4-6 Clijsters
Clijsters begins confidently, moving to 30-0, but Henin-Hardenne goes on the attack and engineers a break point with her opponent looking decidedly edgy. But Clijsters is equal to the challenge and bravely battles back to take the set at the second opportunity.

Henin 6-3 4-5 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne lets out a cry of anguish as her second double fault of the game gives Clijsters break point. Henin-Hardenne goes long under pressure from the second seed to complete an incredible turnaround in fortunes.

Henin 6-3 4-4 Clijsters
The pro-Clijsters crowd groan as two consecutive errors hand Henin-Hardenne a 0-30 lead. However, Clijsters produces her best tennis of the match to win the next four points and level the set.

Henin 6-3 4-3 Clijsters
Incredibly, Clijsters breaks back. The 20-year-old demonstrates impressive fighting qualities, moving Henin-Hardenne around at the back of the court to seal her first service break of the match.

Henin 6-3 4-2 Clijsters
Clijsters serves her fourth double fault in a shaky service game. Henin-Hardenne fires a backhand past her compatriot to leave Clijsters on the brink of a fourth Grand Slam final defeat.

Henin 6-3 3-2 Clijsters
The crowd urge on Clijsters as she wins the first two points, but Henin-Hardenne shuts the door with some controlled play.

Henin 6-3 2-2 Clijsters
Clijsters reasserts herself on the match with a love service game. A delicate drop volley seals it and she turns to her supporters and clenches her fist in delight.

Henin 6-3 2-1 Clijsters
Clijsters senses a chance to get back into the match at 40-30, but she pushes too hard on a forehand and she has still only hit four winners in the match.

Henin 6-3 1-1 Clijsters
Clijsters does well to compose herself and level the set after a double fault puts her in trouble at 15-30.

Henin 6-3 1-0 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne's confidence is so high, she attempts an outrageous drop shot which not surprisingly lands in the net. It fails to stop the top seed holding to 30.


First set

Henin 6-3 Clijsters
A weak second serve from Clijsters is elegantly dispatched down the line by Henin-Hardenne to give her three set points. Though she misses out on the first, a Clijsters backhand just fails to clear the net to give the world number one the first set.

Henin 5-3 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne is beginning to find her best form, with Clijsters wilting under the increasing pressure.

Henin 4-3 Clijsters
Clijsters eliminates the errors to hold.

Henin 4-2 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne holds to love with Clijsters making some untimely errors.

Henin 3-2 Clijsters
A second double fault from Clijsters gives Henin-Hardenne the first break point of the match. Clijsters plants a relatively simple forehand into the net to put her compatriot in charge.

Henin 2-2 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne benefits from a very dubious line call, which even the usually placid Clijsters pauses to complain about. The world number one goes on to hold.

Henin 1-2 Clijsters
Clijsters faces her first moment of concern, a double fault allowing Henin-Hardenne back to deuce. However, the second seed digs out a testing volley to hold on.

Henin 1-1 Clijsters
Henin-Hardenne sends down a 112mph serve on her way to holding to 15.

Henin 0-1 Clijsters
Clijsters wins the toss and elects to serve. She seals the opening game of the final with a confident put-away at the net.




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