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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 September, 2003, 00:07 GMT 01:07 UK
Henin powers to title
All the action as Justine Henin-Hardenne defeats fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters to win the US Open.

Final score: Clijsters 5-7 1-6 Henin-Hardenne


Second set:

Clijsters 5-7 1-6 Henin-Hardenne
Henin-Hardenne powers away a forehand drive volley to win the US Open title for the first time and make it two Grand Slam trophies in a year.

Clijsters 5-7 1-5 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters earns herself a break point as Henin-Hardenne falters slightly but the top seed limply sends a return long and Henin-Hardenne plants a forehand into the corner to move a game away from the title.

Clijsters 5-7 1-4 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters keeps her dreams alive by holding, but it is a struggle for the world number one.

Clijsters 5-7 0-4 Henin-Hardenne
Henin-Hardenne earns what looks like an insurmountable lead with an ace on game point.

Clijsters 5-7 0-3 Henin-Hardenne
Henin-Hardenne drills another trademark backhand down the line to earn two break points and she conjures up a defensive lob which lands plumb on the line to leave Clijsters with a mountain to climb.

Clijsters 5-7 0-2 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters has a glimmer of an opportunity at 30-30 but she cannot take advantage. Henin-Hardenne fires a forehand down the line before consolidating the break.

Clijsters 5-7 0-1 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters goes down a break early in the second set as her forehand, usually her strongest shot, lets her down.


First set:

Clijsters 5-7 Henin-Hardenne
A loose forehand from Clijsters gives Henin-Hardenne two set points and the top seed finds the net to hand her compatriot the advantage.

Clijsters 5-6 Henin-Hardenne
The disappointment of seeing set points slip by tells as Clijsters drops to 0-40. She saves the first with a magnificent lob but Henin-Hardenne takes the next and will serve for the set.

Clijsters 5-5 Henin-Hardenne
Henin-Hardenne responds to the mounting pressure from Clijsters with a double fault and finds herself 0-30 down. She hands Clijsters two sets points with a mishit forehand, but the top seed squanders them.

Clijsters 5-4 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters completes the turnaround with an excellent game which has the crowd enthralled. She flips a forehand past the net-rushing Henin-Hardenne to move a game away from taking the first set.

Clijsters 4-4 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters produces a miraculous lob off the back foot which drops on the line and a stinging forehand down the line earns her two break points. She takes the second to level the set.

Clijsters 3-4 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters succumbs to increasing pressure from Henin-Hardenne by serving two double-faults in the game and from a 40-0 advantage she twice faces deuce but hangs on.

Clijsters 2-4 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters again attacks Henin-Hardenne's weaker forehand and earns herself two break points. She is unfortunate to see a backhand hit the top of the net and bounce on her side and the opportunity slips away.

Clijsters 2-3 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters sends a smash into the net to find herself in trouble at 15-30 but she recovers well and attacks the Henin-Hardenne forehand to hold serve for the first time.

Clijsters 1-3 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters is cutting out the errors now and Henin-Hardenne surprisingly double-faults to give up one of the breaks.

Clijsters 0-3 Henin-Hardenne
The match already has echoes of the French Open final earlier this year when Henin-Hardenne rattled through the first set 6-0 against a nervous Clijsters. The top seed makes yet more errors to concede another break.

Clijsters 0-2 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters settles the nerves by forcing 15-30 but Henin-Hardenne sees off the danger.

Clijsters 0-1 Henin-Hardenne
Clijsters wins the toss and elects to serve but she makes a terrible start, delivering three errors and a double fault in a nervy start from the world number one.




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