2003 French Open at Roland Garros WTA Singles Results     Justine Henin-Hardenne, Champion

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Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam

128 players - outdoor: red clay
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#1 s1 Serena Williams
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters
#3 s3 Venus Williams
#4 s4 Justine Henin-Hardenne
#5 s5 Amelie Mauresmo
#6 s6 Lindsay Davenport
#7 s7 Jennifer Capriati
#8 s8 Chanda Rubin
#9 s9 Daniela Hantuchova
#10 s11 Anastasia Myskina
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#4 Justine Henin-Hardenne
5' 5", 126 lbs, RH, 1H-BH

    In Saturday's French Open Final at Roland Garros, # 4 (# 3 next week) Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated her compatriot # 2 Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-4 (photos shown).
    Although Justine dominated the 1st set, Kim had her chances, with Justine down love-40 on two of her service games. But Kim was unable to capitalize on any of the break points.
    Justine was ahead a break at 4-3 in the 2nd, when Kim broke back to even the set at 4. But Justine broke Kim again immediately, and then served out the set.
    Unforced errors were even at 35 apiece. But Justine hit 26 winners to Kim's 9 (stats).

    Justine said: "I came on the court very clear in my head what I had to do. I put on her a lot of pressure. I played very heavy balls, she didn't like it. But she was a little bit nervous and did a lot of mistakes in the first set. She started playing better in the second and I just tried to continue on the way I played and it worked."

    Kim said: "...even in the beginning of the match, I felt like when I was 3-love down, it could have been 3-love to me. I had game point in every game there, in the beginning of that set... of course I'm disappointed that I lost today. On the other hand, even if you lose matches, there's always positive you can get out of the tournament... I'm happy for Justine. It's a great occasion for her. You know, she deserved to win today. She was the better player."

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      Justine Henin-Hardenne has now won 10 WTA singles titles in 17 finals played. She had previously reached 1 GS final, at Wimbledon in 2001, losing to Venus Williams. Justine, from the French-speaking part of Belgium, just turned 21 this past Sunday (Kim gave her a drawing she said she liked very much).
    Justine has now defeated Kim in 3 of the 4 matches they have played on clay, including their previous meeting, just a month ago in Berlin (6-4, 4-6, 7-5).

    Justine's form has something extra: more prep, more body rotation, more follow-through than most players. This, combined with great timing, leads to high ball speeds without any uneccesary weight, bulk, fats or oils. Below 5' 6", and just 126 lbs, Justine is proof that "big muscles = ball speed" is a lot of hooey (but people will keep claiming it anyway).

    She also uses a self-taught one-handed backhand that is very effective, although she prefers her forehand, which is even stronger. Justine's bat is a Wilson H Tour, she recently secured a new endorsement contract and her clothes are now adidas (white/gray) as are her shoes (Barricade II, what that Hingis girl used to wear).
    Since about age 14, Justine has been coached by Carlos Rodriguez, an Argentine who lives in Belgium.

    Kim Clijsters has now won 13 WTA singles titles in 24 finals played. She had previously reached 1 GS final, at Roland Garros in 2001, losing to Jennifer Capriati. Kim, from the Flemish part of Belgium, will turn 20 this Sunday.
    Kim has defeated Justine 7 of the 11 times they have played.
    Kim shows "standard" good, sharp, clean form with the usual 2-handed backhand. Kim's bat is a Babolat Pure Drive, her clothes Fila (orange) as are her shoes (Reformation International).
    Kim won her first a Grand Slam title anyway: in the Doubles Final (see below).

    Stopped! Much has been made recently of whether a certain pair in the WTA can be "stopped." That pair is, of course, Paola Suarez and Virginia Ruano Pascual, shown in the left photo on their way to another doubles victory last month at the German Open.

    Paola is ranked # 1 at doubles with 4283 points; Virginia is ranked # 2 with 4269 points. # 3 is former # 1 Lisa Raymond; she now has 2988 points (unfortunately for Lisa her current partner Lindsay Davenport had to withdraw due to a serious toe problem). Paola and Virginia's French Open Final opponents Ai Sugiyama and Kim Clijsters (in the right photo) currently hold doubles ranks of # 5 and # 6 respectively.

    In the Final on Sunday, Kim and Ai seeded 2nd, narrowly defeated top seeds Paola and Virginia 6-5(7), 6-2, 9-7. This is Kim's 1st Grand Slam title of any kind.

    Ai had previously won the US Open title both in doubles (2000 w/Halard-Decugis) and mixed doubles (1999 w/Bhupathi).

    The time in Paris is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 2 hours. That is 9 hours ahead of PDT in the US, 6 hours ahead of EDT.
 
Doubles:
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Paola & Viginia
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Kim and Ai

WTA SCOREBOARD: The French Open at Roland Garros, Paris

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
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From this tournament's WTA Photo Gallery:
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Daniela Hantuchova
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Nathalie Dechy
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Ashley Harkleroad

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Jelena Dokic
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Lina Kraznoroutskaya & Svetlana Kuznetsova
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Conchita Martinez

Roland Garros, 1st Round, Mon-Tues:
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #87 Barbara Rittner GER 6-2, 6-1
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #41 Amy Frazier USA 6-2, 6-0
#3 s3 Venus Williams USA d #108 LL Samantha Reeves USA 6-2, 6-4
#4 s4 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #82 Patricia Wartusch AUT 6-3, 7-5
#5 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #57 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 7-5
#6 s6 Lindsay Davenport USA d #114 q Wynne Prakusya INA 6-2, 6-0

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Lindsay Davenport

#7 s7 Jennifer Capriati USA d #1012 Joannette Kruger RSA 6-2, 6-1
#8 s8 Chanda Rubin USA d #80 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 6-2, 6-4
#9 s9 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #104 Alina Jidkova RUS 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
#10 s11 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #58 Dinara Safina RUS 6-1, 6-2
#11 s10 Jelena Dokic YUG d #90 Angelika Roesch GER 6-4, 6-4
*#76 Nadia Petrova RUS d #12 s12 Monica Seles USA 6-4, 6-0
*#60 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP d #13 s13 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-3, 6-3
#14 s14 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #53 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-4, 6-3
#15 s16 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #43 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
#16 s15 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #55 Alicia Molik AUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
*#40 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #17 s17 Amanda Coetzer RSA 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
#18 s19 Patty Schnyder SUI d #229 wc Virginie Pichet FRA 6-1, 6-0
#19 s18 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #37 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 3-6, 7-5, 11-9
#20 s20 Elena Bovina RUS d #282 wc Tatiana Golovin FRA 6-4, 6-1
#21 s22 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #138 Martina Muller GER 6-1, 6-3
#22 s24 Conchita Martinez ESP d #97 q Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-2, 6-3
#23 s25 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #129 Libuse Prusova CZE 6-3, 6-1
#24 s21 Lisa Raymond USA d #85 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-1, 7-5
#25 s23 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #193 wc Camille Pin FRA 6-0, 6-1
*#83 Dally Randriantefy MAD d #26 s27 Alexandra Stevenson USA 6-3, 6-3
#27 s26 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #74 Conchita Martinez Granados ESP 6-0, 6-4
#28 s28 Clarisa Fernandez ARG d #47 Mary Pierce FRA 6-2, 6-3
*#45 Emilie Loit FRA d #29 s29 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-3, 6-2
#30 s31 Laura Granville USA d #111 Meilen Tu USA 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
#31 s30 Paola Suarez ARG d #200 q Edina Gallovits ROM 6-1, 6-0
#32 s32 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #152 q Julia Schruff GER 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
*#46 Fabiola Zuluaga COL d #33 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-0, 6-2
#34 Iroda Tulyaganova UZB d #81 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-2, 7-5
#36 Magui Serna ESP d #139 q Maria Sharapova RUS 6-2, 6-3
#38 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #259 wc Anais Laurendon FRA 6-0, 6-1
#39 Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian SUI d #64 Angelique Widjaja INA 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
#42 Maja Matevzic SLO d #73 Anca Barna GER 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
*#410 Corina Morariu USA d #44 Daja Bedanova CZE 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
#48 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS d #61 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6-3
*#62 Iva Majoli CRO d #49 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
*#66 Cara Black ZIM d #50 Myriam Casanova SUI 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
#51 Barbara Schett AUT d #88 Akiko Morigami JPN 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
#52 Ashley Harkleroad USA d #89 Saori Obata JPN 6-4, 6-2
#54 Tina Pisnik SLO d #67 Klara Koukalova CZE 7-6(3), 6-1
#56 Rita Grande ITA d #91 Ansley Cargill USA 6-3, 6-1
#59 Marion Bartoli FRA d #93 Rossana Neffa-de Los Rios PAR 6-3, 6-0
*#94 Silvija Talaja CRO d #62 Janette Husarova SVK 6-2, 6-4
#65 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #220 wc Amandine Dulon FRA 6-4, 6-4
#68 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI d #106 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-1, 6(2)-7, 6-3
*#84 Ludmila Cervanova SVK d #69 Els Callens BEL 7-6(4), 6-3
*#109 Evie Dominikovic AUS d #70 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-0, 6-1
#75 Petra Mandula HUN d #86 Marta Marrero ESP 6-2, 6-3
#72 Marlene Weingartner GER d #107 Lindsay Lee-Waters USA 6-2, 7-5
#77 Stephanie Cohen Aloro FRA d #191 q Natalia Gussoni ARG 6-1, 7-5
*#121 q Sandra Kleinova CZE d #78 Sarah Taylor USA 6-3, 6-4
*#134 q Julia Vakulenko UKR d #92 Cristina Torrens Valero ESP 6-1, 6-1
#95 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #147 wc Christina Wheeler AUS 6-4, 6-3
#96 Evgenia Koulikovskaya RUS d #214 wc Celine Beigbeder FRA 6-4, 6-2
#98 Stephanie Foretz FRA d #167 q Eva Birnerova CZE 6-4, 7-5
#100 Marissa Irvin USA d #101 LL Maria Elena Camerin ITA 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4
#105 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #161 q Bahia Mouhtassine MAR 6-1, 6-2
#109 Jelena Kostanic CRO d 241 wc Sophie Lefevre FRA 7-5, 6(5)-7, 6-4
#115 q Gala Leon Garcia ESP d #144 q Gisela Dulko ARG 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

Roland Garros, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs:
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #39 Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian SUI 6-3, 6-2
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #72 Marlene Weingartner GER 6-2, 6-2
#3 s3 Venus Williams USA d #109 Evie Dominikovic AUS 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
#4 s4 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #109 Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-2, 6-2
#5 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #48 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 6-1, 6-2
#6 s6 Lindsay Davenport USA d #34 Iroda Tulyaganova UZB 7-5, 6-1
#7 s7 Jennifer Capriati USA d #59 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-0

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Jennifer Capriati

#8 s8 Chanda Rubin USA d #66 Cara Black ZIM 7-6(6), 6-3
*#52 Ashley Harkleroad USA d #9 s9 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(2), 4-6, 9-7

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Ashley Harkleroad

*#75 Petra Mandula HUN d #10 s11 Anastasia Myskina RUS 6-3, 6-4
*#54 Tina Pisnik SLO d #11 s10 Jelena Dokic YUG 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
#14 s14 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #95 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
#15 s16 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #121 q Sandra Kleinova CZE 7-5, 6-0
#16 s15 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #96 Evgenia Koulikovskaya RUS 6-3, 6-2
#18 s19 Patty Schnyder SUI d #77 Stephanie Cohen Aloro FRA 6-3, 7-6(4)
#19 s18 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #84 Ludmila Cervanova SVK 6-3, 7-6(5)
*#56 Rita Grande ITA d #20 s20 Elena Bovina RUS 7-5, 6-3
#21 s22 Vera Zvonareva RUS v #38 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-2, 6-3
#22 s24 Conchita Martinez ESP d #68 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 7-5, 6-2
#23 s25 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #115 q Gala Leon Garcia ESP 6-3, 6-4
*#65 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #24 s21 Lisa Raymond USA 6-3, 7-6(3)
*#36 Magui Serna ESP d #25 s23 Anna Pistolesi ISR 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
#27 s26 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #105 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-1, 6-2
*#51 Barbara Schett AUT d #28 s28 Clarisa Fernandez ARG 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
#30 s31 Laura Granville USA d #62 Iva Majoli CRO 6-1, 6-2
#31 s30 Paola Suarez ARG d #410 Corina Morariu USA 6-1, 6-1
*#134 q Julia Vakulenko UKR d #32 s32 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-4
*#100 Marissa Irvin USA d #40 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-4, 7-5
*#60 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP d #42 Maja Matevzic SLO 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
*#46 Fabiola Zuluaga COL d #45 Emilie Loit FRA 7-6(6), 1-6, 9-7
#76 Nadia Petrova RUS d #94 Silvija Talaja CRO 6-1, 6-1
#83 Dally Randriantefy MAD d #98 Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-2, 6-1

Roland Garros, 3rd Round, Fri-Sat:
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #51 Barbara Schett AUT 6-0, 6-0

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Serena Williams

#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #31 s30 Paola Suarez ARG 6-2, 6-1
#3 s3 Venus Williams USA d #27 s26 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-1, 6-2
#4 s4 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #83 Dally Randriantefy MAD 6-1, 6-1
#5 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #46 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 6-3, 6-4
#6 s6 Lindsay Davenport USA d #23 s25 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-3, 7-5
#7 s7 Jennifer Capriati USA d #134 q Julia Vakulenko UKR 6-1, 6-2
#8 s8 Chanda Rubin USA d #30 s31 Laura Granville USA 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
*#18 s19 Patty Schnyder SUI d #14 s14 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-3, 6-4
#15 s16 Ai Sugiyama JPN d 19 s18 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-1, 6-4
#16 s15 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #56 Rita Grande ITA 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
#21 s22 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #60 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 6-3, 6-4
#22 s24 Conchita Martinez ESP d #54 Tina Pisnik SLO 6-3, 6-3
#36 Magui Serna ESP d #52 Ashley Harkleroad USA 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
*#75 Petra Mandula HUN d #65 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 6-4
#76 Nadia Petrova RUS v #100 Marissa Irvin USA 6-1, 6-1

Roland Garros, 4th Round, Sun:
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #15 s16 Ai Sugiyama JPN 7-5, 6-3
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #16 s15 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 0-6, 6-2, 6-1
*#21 s22 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #3 s3 Venus Williams USA 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
#4 s4 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #18 s19 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

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Justine Henin-Hardenne

#5 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #36 Magui Serna ESP 6-1, 6-2
*#22 s24 Conchita Martinez ESP d #6 s6 Lindsay Davenport USA 6-2, 2-0, retired-- fluid underneath left 4th toe
*#76 Nadia Petrova RUS d #7 s7 Jennifer Capriati USA 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
#8 s8 Chanda Rubin USA d #75 Petra Mandula HUN 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Roland Garros, QFs, Tues:
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #5 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-1, 6-2
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #22 s24 Conchita Martinez ESP 6-2, 6-1
#4 s4 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #8 s8 Chanda Rubin USA 6-3, 6-2
*#76 Nadia Petrova RUS d #21 s22 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Roland Garros, SFs, Thurs:
*#4 s4 Justine Henin-Hardenne d #1 s1 Serena Williams USA 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

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Justine Henin-Hardenne, 5' 5", 126 lbs, RH, 1H-BH

    Justine said: "I have beaten the strongest player in the world. To do it this way, with this atmosphere,
clearly it's the most beautiful thing I've had in my career." Game-by-game description from the BBC

#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #76 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-5, 6-1

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Kim Clijsters, 5' 8", 150 lbs, RH, 2H-BH

Friday's SF Service Speeds (mph):
Player:
Justine Henin-Hardenne
Serena Williams

Kim Clijsters
Nadia Petrova
Top:
109
115

109
110
av 1st:
101
97

93
103
av 2nd:
84
78

81
84

Roland Garros, Doubles SFs, Fri:
s1 V. R. Pascual & P. Suarez d s9 D. Hantuchova & C. Rubin 6-2, 7-6(5)
s2 K. Clijsters & A. Sugiyama d s4 C. Black & E. Likhovtseva 6-1, 6-4

Roland Garros, Final, Saturday:
*#4 s4 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL 6-0, 6-4

Roland Garros, Doubles Final, Sunday:
*s2 Kim Clijsters BEL & Ai Sugiyama JPN d s1 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP & Paola Suarez ARG 6-5(7), 6-2, 9-7

Roland Garros, withdrawals:
#35 Tatiana Panova RUS, illness
#79 Anna Kournikova RUS, left thigh

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