2005 Berlin & Rabat WTA Singles Results     Justine Henin-Hardenne & Nuria Llagostera Vives, Champions

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  WTA: May 2-8 2005

Qatar Total German Open, Berlin, GER Tier I
$1,300,000 - 56 players - outdoor: red clay
Live Scores - draws & schedule .pdf
results - order of play - draws, .html
webcam - interviews
photos: Sun - Mon - Tue - party
   Wed - Thu - Fri - Sat - final
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Berlin: weather radar - forecast - map
# 2 Maria Sharapova, # 3 Amelie Mauresmo
# 6 Anastasia Myskina, # 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova

Grand Prix La Princesse, Rabat, MAR Tier IV
$140,000 - 32 players - outdoor: red clay
draws & schedule .pdf - draw, .html
order of play
photo gallery - Rabat weather
Morocco Times: Sports
# 40 Na Li, # 57 Nuria Llagostera Vives
# 60 Maria Elena Camerin, # 66 Tathiana Garbin
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Berlin:
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#12 Nadia Petrova
5' 10¼", 143 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
Berlin:
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#15 Justine Henin-Hardenne
5' 5¾", 126 lbs, RH 1H-BH


    The Mark with 3 Titles: On Sunday in the land of Adi Dassler, 22-year-old 12th-seeded # 22 (# 15 this week, but draws are based on the previous week's rankings) Justine Henin-Hardenne from Marloie, Belgium, (who speaks fluent adidas since being acquired from Le Coq Sportif a couple years ago) won her 3rd tourney and 17th match in a row, defeating her fellow adidan 22-year-old 6th-seeded # 12 Nadia Petrova from Moscow, Russia, (who also gave up her old tailor, Prince in this case, for the German brand in 2003) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 (Nadia is also shown during the match; Justine is shown with the hardware afterwards).
    Rain stopped play two or three times (sources vary) before the match could be completed. The last rain delay came in the 3rd set, with Justine leading 5-3, 30-0. When play resumed, Justine took the match with two straight points.
    Justine said: "It was a very difficult match for me, the public, for everyone... We'll see what 2005 is going to bring. But I have done a very good job in the last few weeks and I hope I can keep doing that... I feel lucky to be back on the court [after illness and injury]. I try to play my game and to enjoy it, which is positive for the future." WTA story - AP story - Reuters story
    Nadia, who has not yet won a WTA singles title, was visibly unhappy with the loss, but her ranking will be back up to # 9 on Monday (Justine will probably be # 11). Nadia said: "I played good tennis and I was unlucky at some moments... The [semifinal] match yesterday wore me out -- not physically but mentally... I was not as focused today. That’s why you could see I was missing by a centimeter or two. I couldn’t really get the lines today. I think that’s why [Justine] ended up beating me."

    Justine Henin-Hardenne, born in Liege, now lives in Marloie (in the French-speaking part of Belgium). Justine is now 22-10 in WTA singles finals, including 3 Grand Slams. Justine obtained her hyphen by marrying Pierre-Yves Hardenne, she wears "The Mark with 3 Stripes", and swings a Wilson bat. Justine's Wilson is now the "nTour" model, a control racket 27.25" long, available with either a 95 or 105 sq." head, 10.8 or 10.4 ounces strung, balanced 1 point head-heavy, with a stiffness rating of about 61. They run about $180-$200.
    At the Family Circle Cup in April, 2004, Justine felt lightheaded and withdrew without playing a match. Hypoglycemia was thought to be the cause. It was found that she had cytomegalovirus, an illness akin to chickenpox and mononucleosis, that causes fever, chills, and fatigue. Justine took time to recover, then missed Wimbledon after being upset by Tathiana Garbin at Roland Garros, still feeling weak. After returning to play to win the Olympic gold medal, she lost to Nadia Petrova in the 4th round of the US Open, still feeling ill, and sat out the rest of the season. Justine was sidelined again at the start of 2005 by a small broken bone in her knee, and did not return to play until the NASDAQ-100 in Miami in March. On April 17, in only her 2nd tourney back, Justine won the 2005 Family Circle Cup title; last week she won again in Warsaw.
    Justine has been coached since she was 14 by Carlos Rodriguez, and has also been coached by Pat Etcheberry.
Henin-Hardenne record - Justine Henin-Hardenne Wallpaper

    Nadia Petrova was born and still resides in Moscow, Russia. Although a fine player, Nadia is now 0-3 in WTA singles finals (she has reached 13 additional semifinals, and has won 4 ITF singles titles). Once a Prince user, in late 2003 Nadia was converted to the adidas religion for shoes & clothing. She kept using her Prince bat sans logo for a while, then signed with Babolat, at first swinging a Pure Drive (the model used by Clijsters & Roddick), then adopting the Babolat "Pure Storm Team" axe. Nadia reportedly has her bats strung with 16-gauge Luxilon Monotec Supersense, a synthetic composite monofilament made of nylon and fluocarbon resin. Nadia's 1st serves at times exceed 120 mph (her father, Victor Petrov, was a hammer thrower), and Mary Joe Fernandez considers Nadia the best server of the current crop of quality Russian players.
    Nadia's mother, Nadejda Ilina, won the bronze medal at the Montreal Olympics in the 400 meter relay, and Nadia moves very well for a player almost 6 feet tall. Nadia favors hardcourts, and is coached by Glen Schaap. Nadia has won 11 WTA doubles titles, most of them partnered with American Meghann Shaughnessy.
Petrova record - Nadia Petrova Wallpaper

    Petite Power: In Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday, 25-years-old-later-this-month 2nd-seeded # 57 Nuria Llagostera Vives (5' 1½", 117 lbs, RH 2H-BH) from Barcelona, Spain, playing in her first WTA singles final, defeated 22-years-old-yesterday 6th-seeded # 69 Jie Zheng (5' 4½", 126 lbs, RH 2H-BH) from Cheng Du, Si Chuan, China, 6-4, 6-2, to win her first WTA singles title. WTA story

    On Thursday in Berlin Patty Schnyder won her 3rd round match the unfun way, 6-7(4), 6-5 retired, when her opponent, 21-year-old 11th-seeded # 17 Kim Clijsters from Bree, Belgium, strained her right knee while doing one of her trademark forehand splits when leading 5-2 or 5-3 in the 2nd set. Kim returned to the court after treatment, but was unable to continue.

    (May 6, 2005) Clijsters knee update: Kim Clijsters flew home to Belgium on Thursday night to get an immediate MRI scan. The scan revealed that she had strained the medial ligament of her right knee, but nothing was torn. She will sit out the next 2 weeks, but Kim still hopes to play in the 2005 French Open at Roland Garros, which begins May 23.

    Unfortunately the photos in the 2005 German Open photo gallery are very small, about a quarter the size of the pics in previous years. They are also overcompressed. It is nice that they do have 66 photos from Monday online, and about 2 dozen pics from qualifying.
    The German Open photo pages from previous years, with lots of nice pics, fairly large, all on 1 page for each day, are no longer linked to from the new German Open website. Instead, they link to the photos from previous years at a new gallery that shows thumbnails for each photo. You click on a thumbnail, and you are shown a larger photo with a title over the middle, wrecking it. To see the photo without the title, you have to click on the middle of the 5 icons located in the lower right of each individual photo page.
    Although not linked to from the new German Open website, as of this writing the 2003 & 2004 photo pages are still on the server, and you can see them in their original form (all photos on 1 page for each day) using the links below:

2004 photos: player party
qSat - qSun - Mon - Tues - Wed - Thurs - Fri - Sat Venus d Sprem, Mauresmo d Capriati - Sun w/o

2003 photos: player party
qSat - qSun - Mon - Tues - Wed - Thurs - Fri - Sat - Sun Henin d Clijsters final

    The main draw for Berlin had 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There were 8 qualifiers, and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Sunday.
    Berlin time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 2 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +9, EDT +6). Early round play began at 11am or noon local time. Berlin has live scoring, by points.

    The Morocco tourney has been moved from Casablanca to Rabat this year, shifted 4 weeks later, and raised from Tier V to Tier IV.
    Rabat time is the same as GMT (UCT, ZULU) (US Pacific Daylight Time +7, EDT +4). Rabat does not have live scoring.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Berlin & Rabat

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?


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On Sunday in Berlin, Maria Kirilenko and Maria Sharapova
continued their preparation for the next World Cup

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On Monday, Maria Sharapova tried to remember if this was autograph number 5,271,009
or 5,271,010, while Kim Clijsters was getting in shape for her bout with Joe Frazier.
Then Maria told reporters for the last time: "I've always brushed with Colgate."

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On Monday and Tuesday, Anastasia Myskina, Karolina Sprem, Alina Jidkova, Daniela Hantuchova and several others stirred up some colors and contributed sections to a painting by WTA players to be sold at auction to raise money for charity--
some more photos of this are below

Berlin, 1st Round, Mon-Tue noon
loser's prize: $3,325 US; points: 1
*#52 Dally Randriantefy MAD d #15 s9 Nathalie Dechy FRA 7-5, 6-1 Tue
#16 s10 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #140 wc Sandra Kloesel GER 7-5, 7-6 Tue

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Elena displayed her completed section of the charity auction painting

#17 s11 Kim Clijsters BEL d #79 q Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-1, 6-0 Tue
#22 s12 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #54 Iveta Benesova CZE 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 rain- Wed

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Justine Henin-Hardenne

#23 s13 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #125 q Tzipora Obziler ISR 6-3, 6-3 Tue

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Jelena working on her segment of the painting

*#50 Shuai Peng CHN d #24 s14 Ai Sugiyama JPN 7-5, 6-4 Mon

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Shuai Peng

*#39 Gisela Dulko ARG d #25 s15 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 6-4 Tue

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Gisela Dulko

*#36 Virginie Razzano FRA d #26 s16 Karolina Sprem CRO 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Virginie Razzano

#27 Mary Pierce FRA d #65 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*#55 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #29 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Maria, almost finished with her part of the charity auction painting

#30 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #46 Vera Douchevina RUS 6-3, 6-1 Mon

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Magdalena Maleeva

#31 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #124 wc Anca Barna GER 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Flavia Pennetta

#35 Anna Smashnova ISR d #48 Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*#38 Dinara Safina RUS d #37 Ana Ivanovic SCG 6-1, 6-4 Tue

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Dinara Safina

*#45 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #47 Evgenia Linetskaya RUS 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld

#49 Conchita Martinez ESP d #154 q Martina Müller GER 6-0, 7-6(5) Mon

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Conchita Martinez

#41 Klara Koukalova CZE d #81 Marta Marrero ESP 6-4, 6-1 Mon
#42 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #89 q Tatiana Panova RUS 7-6(4), 6-2 Mon
#53 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #189 q Libuse Prusova CZE 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 Tue
*#104 wc Julia Schruff GER d #56 Denisa Chladkova CZE 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 Tue
#58 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #62 Alina Jidkova RUS 6-3, 6-1 Mon
#67 q Kveta Peschke CZE d #101 Angela Haynes USA 6-2, 7-6(4) Mon
#78 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #150 q K Bohmova CZE 6(5)-7, 6-3, 7-6(5) Mon
#106 Jill Craybas USA d #230 q Stephanie Gehrlein GER 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Berlin, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed noon Wed stories: AP - Reuters
loser's prize: $6,500 US; points: 25
#2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d #45 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Maria Sharapova

    Maria will take over the # 1 WTA singles ranking for the first time in her career if she wins this tournament. Maria said: "You never know what to expect when you play your first match on clay, but it was a good solid performance... It would be amazing to be No. 1, but I'm not going to put any pressure on myself."
    Maria is at her best on fast surfaces. Asked about adjusting for the clay court season, Maria said: "I have to adjust, relax and be more patient. I realize I have to be out there for a longer time."

#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #35 Anna Smashnova ISR 6-4, 6-1 Wed

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Amelie Mauresmo

*#104 wc Julia Schruff GER d #6 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 Wed

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Julia Schruff
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Anastasia Myskina

    Asked about her chances of defending her title at Roland Garros in view of her recent losses (and always too hard on herself), 2004 French Open champ Anastasia said: "I'm not even thinking about that. I'm so upset — I hope I feel better tomorrow... What am I doing wrong? Ask my coach."

#7 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #30 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-2, 6-1 Wed

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Svetlana Kuznetsova

*#67 q Kveta Peschke CZE d #10 s5 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-2, 6-0 Tue
#12 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #41 Klara Koukalova CZE 7-5, 6-4 Tue

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Nadia working on her portion of the charity auction painting

#13 s7 Patty Schnyder SUI d #42 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-6(2), 6-4 Wed

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Patty Schnyder

#14 s8 Elena Bovina RUS d #78 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 Wed
*#27 Mary Pierce FRA d #16 s10 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-2, 6-2 Wed
#17 s11 Kim Clijsters BEL d #38 Dinara Safina RUS 7-5, 6-2 Wed

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Kim Clijsters

    Asked about her chances at Roland Garros later this month, Kim said: "It's perfect conditions out there on clay... There is still a lot of adjustment to be done and I have to get used to it. I can't say where I'm at for the French."

#22 s12 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #55 Maria Kirilenko RUS 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 Wed

    Due to rain on Tuesday, Justine played both her 1st & 2nd round matches on Wednesday. Justine said: "Six sets today — that was tough. But I was physically able to do that, so that was good. Now I just want a good dinner and to relax."

#23 s13 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #31 Flavia Pennetta ITA 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 Wed
#50 Shuai Peng CHN d #58 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 6-1, 6-2 Tue
#36 Virginie Razzano FRA d #106 Jill Craybas USA 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-5 Tue-rain-Wed
*#49 Conchita Martinez ESP d #39 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-1, 6-3 Wed

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Conchita Martinez

*#53 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #52 Dally Randriantefy MAD 7-5, 6-3 Wed c5 noon

Berlin, 3rd Round, Thu noon WTA story - Reuters story - AP story - BBC story
loser's prize: $12,775 US; points: 42
#2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d #50 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 6-1

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Maria Sharapova

    Maria said: "I started off well. I was serving very well. I think I put a lot of pressure on [Shuai's] service games. So she felt she needed to do a little bit more. I felt good also when the points went longer. I had the energy... I feel relaxed and good. I haven't had a challenge yet and I think my next match is going to be tougher." Maria was making an understatement; she plays Justine Henin-Hardenne in the QFs.

#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #36 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-4, 6-2

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Amelie Mauresmo

#7 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #49 Conchita Martinez ESP 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

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Svetlana Kuznetsova

#12 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #27 Mary Pierce FRA 6-2, 7-5

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Nadia Petrova

#13 s7 Patty Schnyder SUI d #17 s11 Kim Clijsters BEL 6-7(4), 6-5 retired-- right knee strain

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Patty's backhand,
Kim hitting one of her splits forehands, the type of shot on which the injury occurred,
and Kim receiving treatment from the WTA medic

    Kim strained her right knee while doing one of her trademark forehand splits when leading 5-2 or 5-3 in the 2nd set. Kim returned to the court after treatment, but was unable to continue, and retired after losing her 2nd-set lead.

    Kim said: "[The injury occurred when] I was doing a split from left to right. After, I got ready to serve. I always have to bend my knee a little in order to serve, and I felt the pain. It got worse, also when returning and with the open stands on the forehand. All rotation movements were aggravating." About deciding to retire from the match, Kim said: "In my mind, I thought that I don't want to stop, but the tape wasn't helping. It was a very tough decision to take." mp3 audio interview excerpt
    About the extent of her injury, Kim said: "[My leg] is inflamed now which is causing a lot of pressure around the muscles and the joints... I just have to wait two days for the MRI... It's very frustrating. Hopefully, the MRI shows there is nothing torn. That would be good. Then I could play the French Open. I hope it doesn’t show anything bad. I don’t even want to think about that... Maybe it's a lesson-- I'll just forget about the clay-court season [Kim has often stated her preference for the hardcourts]." Kim has already withdrawn from next weeks Italian Open to rest her knee, hoping to be healthy for Roland Garros.

    Patty feared the injury was serious. Patty said: "Of course it is not easy for me to win like this. [Kim] said [the injury] was very bad. I know she is a very tough competitor so I am expecting something bad. Of course I will speak to her later to find out whether she's OK." mp3 audio interview excerpt

#14 s8 Elena Bovina RUS d #53 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-4, 6-2

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Elena Bovina

#22 s12 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #67 q Kveta Peschke CZE 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

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Justine Henin-Hardenne

#23 s13 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #104 wc Julia Schruff GER 6-3, 6-2

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Jelena Jankovic

Berlin, QFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $25,050 US; points: 75
*#22 s12 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-2, 6-4 career matches tied 1-1

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Justine Henin-Hardenne
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Maria Sharapova
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Justine after match point

    Justine said: "It was great that I pulled out my best tennis today against the No. 2. I played smart today. The slow courts helped me. I had a lot of time to plan my strategy." AP story

    Maria could have raised her ranking to # 1 for the first time by winning the tournament. Maria said: "It's not like I'm going to go home and cry. I'm not disappointed at not being No. 1. I'm only 18, I'm No. 2 and I'm pretty satisfied at the moment."

*#12 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-2, 6-3 career matches tied 1-1

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Nadia Petrova

    Nadia said: "I was really happy with the weather today. [Amelie] hardly came to the net and couldn't play her favorite game. I think the slow courts were to my advantage."

    Amelie said: "It was really tough conditions. But the conditions were the same for both - it didn't work for me. My clay-court game just isn't ready."

*#13 s7 Patty Schnyder SUI d #7 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-2, 6-2 career matches tied 2-2

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Patty Schnyder (Patty changed her togs during a rain delay)

*#23 s13 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #14 s8 Elena Bovina RUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Fri-rain-Sat career matches Jelena leads 1-0

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Elena & Jelena on Friday

Berlin, SFs, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $49,125 US; points: 135
#12 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #23 s13 Jelena Jankovic SCG 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3

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Nadia Petrova
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Jelena Jankovic
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Nadia after match point

*#22 s12 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #13 s7 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-0, 6-1

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Justine Henin-Hardenne
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Patty Schnyder
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Justine after match point

    Justine took the net aggressively during the match, as she had also done in her quarterfinal win over # 2 Maria Sharapova. Justine said: "I should play like that all the time, the way my coach wants and the way I've been practicing. When I'm aggressive like that, I'm better. It's easier on my body -- the rallies aren't as long." AP story

    Patty said: "[Justine] played super well-- everybody could see that. When she plays like that, you have no chance."

Berlin, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $ 96,000 US; points: 210
winner's prize: $ 189,000 US; points: 300
*#22 s12 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #12 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 career matches Justine leads 6-1

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Justine's forehand
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Nadia's forehand grip is
further to the "Western" side
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Justine's backhand

Berlin, Doubles Final, Sun 2nd match
losers' prize: $29,000 US
winners' prize: $57,000 US
cdr26 s3 Vera Zvonareva & Elena Likhovtseva d cdr17 s2 Cara Black & Liezel Huber 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

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Elena Likhovtseva & Vera Zvonareva

Berlin, Qual Finals, Sun, May 1
loser's prize: $ 1,700 US
#67 Kveta Peschke CZE d # sr179 Jana Kandarr GER 6-3, 6-0
#79 Yuliana Fedak UKR d #197 Sabine Klaschka GER 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
#89 Tatiana Panova RUS d #975 Sabine Lisicki GER 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
*#125 Tzipora Obziler ISR d #101 Angela Haynes USA 6-0, 6-3
*#150 Katerina Bohmova CZE d #115 Silvija Talaja CRO 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
#154 Martina Müller GER d #177 Meilen Tu USA 6-3, 6-2
#189 Libuse Prusova CZE d #204 Vanessa Henke GER 6-2, 6-4
#230 Stephanie Gehrlein GER d #321 Angelique Kerber GER 7-5, 6-1

Berlin, Withdrawals:
#4 Serena Williams USA l ankle
#5 Elena Dementieva left hip
#8 Alicia Molik AUS ear infection
#19 Silvia Farina Elia ITA l knee strain
#28 Paola Suarez ARG neck sprain
#61 Martina Sucha SVK r shoulder strain
#123 sr29 Chanda Rubin USA chronic l knee
 
Rabat, 1st Round, Mon-Tue
loser's prize: $1,000 US; points: 1
#40 s1 Na Li CHN d #108 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-0, 6-0 Tue
#57 s2 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #218 wc Bahia Mouhtassine MAR 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*#114 Michaela Pastikova CZE d #60 s3 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-2, 6-4 Tue
#66 s4 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #88 Ludmilla Cervanova SVK 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2 Tue
*#220 q Olga Savchuk UKR d #68 s5 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-0, 6-3 Tue
#69 s6 Jie Zheng CHN d #95 Catalina Castano COL 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 Tue
#75 s7 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #98 Severine Beltrame FRA 3-6, 6-4, retired-- left adductor strain Mon
#76 s8 Claudine Schaul LUX d #87 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 6-2, 6-4 Tue
#80 Barbora Strycova CZE d #96 Sandra Mamic CRO 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 Tue
*#94 Anne Kremer LUX d #83 Mariana Diaz Oliva ARG 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#91 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA d #128 Melinda Czink HUN 6-3, 6-0 Mon
#93 Emilie Loit FRA d #156 q Sybille Bammer AUT 7-6(5), 6-3 Tue
*#306 q Zi Yan CHN d #130 Shikha Uberoi USA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#129 Loudres Dominguez Lino ESP d NR wc Habiba Iffrakh MAR 6-4, 6-2 Mon
*#450 q Jelena Dokic SCG d #132 Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK 6-2, 6-2 Tue
#191 LL Maureen Drake CAN d #211 LL Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Rabat, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu
loser's prize: $1,825 US; points: 12
#40 s1 Na Li CHN v #450 q Jelena Dokic SCG 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 Thu

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Jelena Dokic, Na Li

#57 s2 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #94 Anne Kremer LUX 6-4, 6-2 Wed
*#129 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #114 Michaela Pastikova CZE 6-4, 7-5 Wed
#66 s4 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #80 Barbora Strycova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Wed
#91 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA d #220 q Olga Savchuk UKR 7-6, 6-4 Wed
#69 s6 Jie Zheng CHN d #191 LL Maureen Drake CAN 6-2, 6-0 Thu

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Jie Zheng

#75 s7 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #306 q Zi Yan CHN 6-2, 7-6 Thu

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Arantxa Parra Santonja

*#93 Emilie Loit FRA d #76 s8 Claudine Schaul LUX 7-5, 6-4 Thu

Rabat, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 24
#40 s1 Na Li CHN d #91 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-3, 6-1
#57 s2 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #75 s7 A Parra Santonja ESP 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

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Nuria Llagostera Vives

*#69 s6 Jie Zheng CHN d #66 s4 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-3, 7-6(3)

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Jie Zheng

#93 Emilie Loit FRA d #129 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-4, 7-5

Rabat, SFs, Sat
loser's prize: $6,300 US; points: 43
*#69 s6 Jie Zheng CHN d #40 s1 Na Li CHN 3-3 retired-- right ankle
#57 s2 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #93 Emilie Loit FRA 6-4, 6-1

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The backhand and forehand of 5' 1½" Nuria Llagostera Vives

Rabat, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $12,000 US; points: 67
winner's prize: $22,000 US; points: 95
*#57 s2 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #69 s6 Jie Zheng CHN 6-4, 6-2 career matches tied 1-1
Rabat, Doubles Final, Sat
cdr153 Emilie Loit & Barbora Strycova d cdr207 Lourdes Dominguez Lino & Nuria Llagostera Vives 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-5

Rabat, Qual Finals, Mon May 2
loser's prize: $550 US
#156 Sybille Bammer AUT d #191 Maureen Drake CAN 6-1, 6-3
*#306 Zi Yan CHN d #211 Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA 7-6(2), 7-5
#220 Olga Savchuk UKR d #286 Kelly Liggan IRL 7-6(7), 6-4
#450 Jelena Dokic SCG d NR Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-4, 6-1

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Jelena during the 1st round of qualifying, on Saturday

Rabat, Withdrawals
#118 Camille Pin FRA

    (Apr 30, 2005) # 4 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Berlin Open, still troubled by her left ankle, which she twisted during her QF against Silvia Farina Elia on April 8th in the Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island, Florida. On Monday, May 2, Serena said: "I certainly plan to play the Italian Open next week. I just didn't feel I was quite ready yet." # 5 Elena Dementieva has also withdrawn due to injury.

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