2005 Charleston Family Circle Cup WTA Singles Results     Justine Henin-Hardenne, Champion


  WTA: Apr 11-17 2005

Family Circle Cup, Charleston, SC Tier I
$1,300,000 - 56 players - outdoor: green clay

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# 1 Lindsay Davenport
# 5 Elena Dementieva
# 6 Anastasia Myskina
# 8 Venus Williams

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#34 Justine Henin-Hardenne
5' 5¾", 126 lbs, RH, 1H-BH
    On Sunday in the final of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, 22-year-old unseeded # 34 (and former # 1) Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium defeated 23-year-old 2nd seeded # 5 Elena Dementieva of Russia 7-5, 6-4 (photo shown). Justine won her 20th WTA singles title in only her 2nd tournament since returning to play after illness and injury. She now has a 9-1 record for 2005.
    Justine said: "I never thought about winning this tournament when I arrived here. Every time I go on the court it's to win the match, but I was very focused on my first round and then my second round, and I just went step by step, but I could never imagine that I would play this level for my first tournament on clay and then win this tournament. I had a pretty tough draw, and especially when you're unseeded, it's not easy. I played six matches here, which is good, because physically I could see that I had a good recovery." WTA story - interview - video interview
    Elena said: "I think it was a great match. I just missed some opportunities in the first set when I was 5-3. I didn't take a risk and was maybe not as aggressive as I was earlier. Maybe it was just a bit of luck here and there but I think [Justine] deserved it. It's never easy to come back from injury and she played unbelievably on the important points. I missed a good chance to lead 5-4 in the second set, I was 40-15 up, but I am very satisfied with the way I played this week." Reuters story - interview - video interview

    Elena had a set point at 5-4 in the 1st set when a backhand by Justine was called wide by the line judge. But Elena and the chair umpire could see that the ball was in. Justine said: "It was very close, but then I saw Elena, and she said the ball was good, and that was very nice of her. First I thought the ball was out, but when she said the ball was good, I didn't even wait on the chair umpire. I knew it was on the line. It was very, very close. I could have lost the point."
    Elena said: "It wasn't questionable. I mean it was right down the line, half in, half out. I saw it was in." Post & Courier story free reg req

    Justine defeated # 20, # 49, # 50, # 1(retired due to injury), # 25, and # 5 on her way to the title. If I can count right (doubtful), Justine earned 216 "quality points" for those victories, which added to the 300 "round points" she received for winning the tourney and the 733 ranking points she already had, would have given her 1249 points the April 18 rankings.
    I was off by 2 points (and I don't know why); Justine's actual April 18th total is 1247, putting her at # 22 in WTA singles. She would have been # 20, but Tatiana Golovin moved ahead of her, entering the top 20 for the 1st time at # 18, and Shinobu Asagoe moved up to # 21, a career high for her also.
    Justine, whose best surface is clay, plans to play in Warsaw and Berlin before the French Open (all "red dirt").

    Justine Henin-Hardenne, born in Liege, now lives in Marloie (in the French-speaking part of Belgium). Justine is now 20-10 in WTA singles finals, including 3 Grand Slams. Justine obtained her hyphen by marrying Pierre-Yves Hardenne, she wears "The Mark with 3 Stripes" (down their back since last year, a fashion gaffe by the sons of Adi Dassler), 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 $200; Lindsay Davenport & Justine get theirs free.
    At the Family Circle Cup in 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.
    Justine has been coached since she was 14 by Carlos Rodriguez, and has also been coached by Pat Etcheberry.
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    Elena Dementieva was born in Moscow, Russia on October 15, 1981, and still "resides" there during her few weeks a year off of the WTA Tour. Elena has now reached a total of 13 WTA singles finals. Last year she won her 4th WTA singles title (in Hasselt, Belgium) and reached the final in both the French and US Opens. Elena's garb and her bat are both labeled "Yonex". This year she has replaced her former "MP Tour-1" bat with the "RDX 500" model. The RDX 500 is a 27" bat available in 90 or 98 sq" string areas, weighing about 11.7 oz strung, balanced 8 points head light with a stiffness rating of about 62. Current street price? $180.
    Elena's mother Vera travels with her on the tour, and so does former Russian great Olga Morozova, her current coach. Elena has said that the player she has most admired is Martina Hingis, because of her intelligent play, "like playing chess on court".
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    Charleston time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) -4 hours (=US Eastern Dayight Time, PDT +3). Charleston has live scoring by points. TV coverage is on ESPN (click for schedule).

The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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Vera Zvonareva, Patty Schnyder, and Elena Dementieva
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Charleston, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $3,325 US; points: 1
*#43 Klara Koukalova CZE d #16 s9 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Klara Koukalova happily signing autographs
after winning her tough 1st round match

    Klara said: "It was not my biggest win this year [Klara defeated #13 Nathalie Dechy 7-6(7), 6-4 in Antwerp in February], but it was a very good one. I was fighting the whole match and just tried to do my best... I tried to go to [Elena's] backhand, because I think she has a better forehand. I asked a lot of girls how she is playing, and they said she's playing hard, she's moving well, she has a lot of experience. So I just tried to fight hard the whole time... In the end, I thought she was not concentrating so much on her game." Post & Courier story free reg req

*#34 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #20 s10 Jelena Jankovic SCG 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 Mon

    Justine said: "It was good when I was up 2-1, then 4-1 in the first set, but I lost my concentration and wasn't as aggressive. [Jelena] was playing better and learned where I was going to be (on the court)... I played a top 20 player in my first match here, so this gives me more opportunities to improve my game from here on." WTA story - interview on windows media video

    Justine also said: "What I had to come through last year was something really difficult. It's much more difficult to come back after an illness like this than after an injury like my knee. My knee, I knew what was happening. We knew what we had to do. With a virus like that, you never know what to expect. It's very hard. You need to just take some time. That's the only thing that helps.
    "I lost a lot of confidence when I got the illness. I felt like somebody else. I felt like another person. It's very hard to explain. I think you have to live through this kind of thing to understand what happened to me.
    "I wasn't the Justine full of energy that we know, who runs all over the court and could play three hours against the top players in the world. I was in my bed, and I couldn't get up, and I couldn't play an hour a day. It's been a really, really difficult experience.
    "Now that I'm more healthy to play, I try to enjoy it. But I need competition. I need a lot of matches. I need to find my confidence again. Only playing and winning is going to help me.
    "We all know I won three Grand Slams, the Olympics, that at the beginning of 2004 I lost one match in four tournaments. That was pretty amazing. But now, it's in the past. I know what I did then. Nobody's going to take that from me. But I have to move on. I don't consider myself the favorite. Today, I was the outsider. I'm No. 34 in the world right now. I'm just trying to find my game, trying to come back at the top. But it's not that easy.
    "Being patient is probably not my biggest quality. I have to work on that over the next few weeks. I'm sure I'm going to come back. I don't know if it's the next few weeks, next few months, next year. Who knows?
    "I know what I'm able to do on the tennis court, what I did. I'm sure I'm going to it more in the future." Post & Courier story free reg req

#23 s11 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #85 q Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Mon
*#36 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #24 s12 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-4, 7-6(6) Tue
#25 s13 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #31 Amy Frazier USA 6-3, 6-3 Tue
#26 s14 Shinobu Asagoe JPN v #116 q Lindsay Lee-Waters USA 6(5)-7, 6-0, 6-2Tue
#27 s15 Mary Pierce FRA d #61 Mashona Washington USA 6-3, 6-2 Tue
#29 s16 Fabiola Zuluaga COL d #89 q Severine Beltrame FRA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*#81 Barbora Strycova CZE d #32 Conchita Martínez ESP 6-3, 6-4 Tue

    Conchita said: "My confidence is not quite there. One ball that goes wrong, and I'm like downhill again. It's not very positive out there at the moment... I think I'm going to take a week off from tennis, and sort of figure some things out." Post & Courier story free reg req - interview transcript - interview on windows media video

*#74 Marta Marrero ESP d #41 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-6(7), 6-0 Tue
#44 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #267 wc Carly Gullickson USA 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*#57 Alina Jidkova RUS d #45 Dally Randriantefy MAR 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Mon
#47 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #112 q Shahar Peer ISR 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-2 Mon
#48 Lisa Raymond USA d #54 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 6-0 Tue
#49 Shuai Peng CHN d #76 Marissa Irvin USA 6-2, 6-4 Mon

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Shuai Peng is one of several WTA players who play 2-handed on both sides

#50 Iveta Benesova CZE d #122 q Galina Voskoboeva RUS 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 Mon
#52 Samantha Stosur AUS d # 62 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-2, 6-3 Tue
#53 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #92 wc Nicole Pratt AUS 7-5, 6-1Tue

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Katarina Srebotnik signing autographs on Tuesday

#55 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #88 wc Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-4, 6-0 Tue
*#59 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #58 María Elena Camerin ITA 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 Mon
*#64 Nuri Llagostera Vives ESP d #63 Martina Sucha SVK 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 Mon
*#73 Akiko Morigami JPN d #66 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-1, 6-2 Mon
*#271 q Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR d #93 q Kristina Brandi PUR 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 Mon
*#131 q Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN d #108 wc Jill Craybas USA 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 Mon

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Marie-Eve Pelletier

Charleston, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed
loser's prize: $6,500 US; points: 25
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #131 q Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Lindsay Davenport

#5 s2 Elena Dementieva RUS d #57 Alina Jidkova RUS 6-4, 6-4 Tue

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Elena Dementieva

    Elena said: "My game is solid enough to beat Alina, but I have to be very focused. I have to play from the first ball until the end, and that's what I did." Post & Courier story free reg req

*#47 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #6 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 Wed

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Nicole after match point

    Nicole said: "When I go on the court I always want to win, no matter who stands in front of me... I just try to do my best." interview on windows media video

#8 s4 Venus Williams USA d #59 Denisa Chladkova CZE 7-6(1), 6-2 Wed

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Venus after match point

    Venus trailed 1-4 in the 1st set before she got into the match. Venus said: "It was just so weird for me out there. I couldn't do anything right. I couldn't keep my balls in. They were flying. [Denisa] was hitting some good shots. She hits it unexpectedly down the line. Plus, the court is quite slippery. I was sliding a lot and losing my footing. I couldn't quite figure out how to move on that court. In the end, I just did whatever I could... [Denisa] goes for it, she really does. She was one step ahead of me a little bit in the first set." Post & Courier story free reg req - interview on windows media video

*#50 Iveta Benesova CZE d #10 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 Tue
#12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS d #73 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-4, 6-0 Tue

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Nadia Petrova

#13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI d #74 Marta Marrero ESP 6-2, 7-5 Wed
#23 s11 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #44 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-2, 6-4 Wed

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Ai departing the court after the win

#25 s13 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #48 Lisa Raymond USA 6-4, 6-3 Wed
#26 s14 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #55 Meghann Shaughnessy USA walkover-- low back pain
*#64 Nuri Llagostera Vives ESP d #27 s15 Mary Pierce FRA 6-4, 7-6(3) Wed
*#271 q Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR v #29 s16 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 6-3, 6-1 Wed

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Viktoriya Kutuzova

#34 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #49 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Wed

    Justine said: "I think my game is almost better than it was before my illness and everything. I served today at 120 miles per hour, which is pretty amazing for me. I'm not so tall, not so strong, so it means that technically, I worked very, very good in the last few months." Post & Courier story free reg req - interview on windows media video

#36 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #81 Barbora Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-2 Wed
#43 Klara Koukalova CZE d #52 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-3, 6-3 Wed
#53 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d LL #80 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Charleston, 3rd Round, Thurs 11am
loser's prize: $12,775 US; points: 42
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #271 q Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 6-3, 6-1

    Lindsay said: "I feel like I'm playing pretty well. Clay is not my favorite, but I feel like I'm hitting the ball well and have played two good matches here. I'm coming off a win at Amelia Island. Hopefully I'll just keep trying to be aggressive here, and things will work out." interview on windows media video

#5 s2 Elena Dementieva RUS d #64 Nuri Llagostera Vives ESP 6-0, 6-3
*#25 s13 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #8 s4 Venus Williams USA 7-5, 6-4

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Tatiana after match point

    Tatiana said: "I've played against a few top-10 players and been to three sets and lost, so right now was my time... I served pretty well, didn't give [Venus] too many second serves, just tried to play to her forehand and keep pressure on her." AP story

#12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS d #36 Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-3, 6-3
#13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI d #43 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-4, 6-0
*#53 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #23 s11 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
*#47 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #26 s14 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2)

    Nicole said: "Even though I didn't play my best tennis today, I struggled, I pulled it out anyway. Those are important matches too, when you don't play your best but you still win. So it's good." interview on windows media video

#34 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #50 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-2, 6-3

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Justine Henin-Hardenne

    About the courts at Daniel Island this year, compared to the past, Justine said: "It's faster, and its slippery... it's very dry... I think there is not clay enough on these courts. It is hard to have good defense on these courts, so you have to play attacking all the time, because if not, you lose the point. It's very tough to keep control...
    "I like clay court, it's probably my best surface, but I need a little time to get used to it again." interview on windows media video

Charleston, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $25,050 US; points: 75
*#34 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 retired-- right hip flexor (thigh) strain

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Justine after muffing a shot in the high winds

    Although Justine showed some of her great form in the match, she also had real problems serving in the high winds at Daniel Island. Justine got only 47% of her 1st serves in, and double-faulted 8 times, very unusual for her. Lindsay, who is to play 1st singles for the US in their Fed Cup QF against Belguim next weekend, retired from the match (due to a strained right hip flexor muscle) after Justine broke her serve in the 1st game of the 3rd set.

    Justine said: "It's not the way I like to win, but you have to take it this way. I mean I have to be positive. I'm in the semifinal, which is very good, but I'm very, very sad for Lindsay that she had to retire, but I knew she was injured. She wasn't moving well, but it's not easy to play against an injured player. You know you have to move her, but it's not so easy because she was hitting on everything a lot of winners. So I'm happy I'm in the semis, but I would for sure prefer it another way.
    "I understood in the first set that she wasn't feeling in great shape, and then after the break it was hard for me to find a good rhythm. She was hitting on everything, and usually it was in, so it wasn't easy for me, so I lost the first set this way. Then I started to be more aggressive, hit the ball a little bit harder, move her a little bit more. And then I was very surprised with the way she stopped in the third set, but she probably took a good decision because it's getting worse and worse if you keep playing when you're injured.
    "Everything is bonus for me now because it's only my second tournament after my injury and my illness, so it's very successful in Miami, and then here in Charleston, but I want to keep winning for sure. I'm a competitor, but you have so many other players who can win the tournaments, and I don't see myself as the favorite tomorrow. It's going to be a tough match against Golovin. She's in confidence. She has nothing to lose, nothing to prove to anyone, and she's very young, so she'll go for everything. So I'll have to play my best tennis if I want to go to the final. I've never played her... I mean everybody knows Golovin. She played well in the last few months. She's a new player, but I think that we start to know her a little bit more, and especially this week. She's playing unbelievable. I think she's really talented. She's a fighter. She hits a lot of winners, big forehand, and I know I'll have to play a good game if I want to win." interview - interview on windows media video

    About her injury, Lindsay said: "Last night I felt like I slightly strained my right hip flexor, and I didn't think it was a big deal, and in warmup it was still really tight, so I taped it for the match. And the second game I went for a ball, and I really felt it pull. I got some additional taping to try and support it more, but it was hard to move. I was doing a pretty good job of going for winners right away, trying to keep the points really short, but after a while, you just can't play under 50 percent out there... I knew that if a rally went over two shots, I was in trouble, and especially on clay, you can't really play that way." interview - interview on windows media video

#5 s2 Elena Dementieva RUS d #53 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

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Elena Dementieva

    Elena said: "I think that was the most difficult condition that I have ever played. It was a great fight for both of us. With all this cold weather and wind, I was like, is it a tournament or is it the 'Survivor' show, because you really had to survive on the court today. When I was 4-1 down in the third set, for the first time I was ready to give up on myself, and I could do it only with the crowd support today...
    "I think I was too negative today on the court. I was thinking about that I'm doing something wrong; my serve is not good enough. The winds really affect my serve, and so many unforced errors. If you look to the first match, Justine against Lindsay, Lindsay got injured and Justine fell on the court. The court was very dry today and it was very difficult to play for everybody."
    About her semifinal opponent, Patty Schnyder, Elena said: "If I'm going to play against Patty, I think she's the toughest player on the clay courts. She's so unpredictable, and it's very difficult because she has a great feeling here, with all the slice and drop shots, that she can make it. I mean she's the most difficult to beat on this surface. But I'm waiting for this match because last time we play, I lost. I had a great opportunity in the second during the Australian Open. So I would love to take revenge." interview - interview on windows media video

*#25 s13 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-5, 6-3

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Tatiana after match point

    Tatiana said: "I think I played a really solid match out there. I stayed calm and focused, and I think that really helped me... I think Venus made a little bit more mistakes than Petrova did today. I was just really trying to fight for every ball and then when I had my chances, take them and be aggressive. I think I definitely got a lot of balls back, and she made those unforced errors at the end, but I guess that's tennis. You have to be focused until the end, so I think I did a good job of that. interview - interview on windows media video

    Nadia said: "Today was not really my day. Everything went to [Tatiana's] favor. I had lots of break points on her serve... it seems like the luck was on her side today... Probably after beating Venus she's super-confident and relaxed in herself... Maybe the wind made it a little bit difficult [to play] the game I really wanted." interview - interview on windows media video

#13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI d #47 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 6-3, 6-2

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Patty Schnyder

    Patty said: "[Nicole] was a little off in the second set, but she has really great potential and she's a great player, and I'm just happy the way I played. I really focused on my first serve, which didn't help me in the very last game, but during the whole match it was there.
    "And I feel great here. I mean I think you should make this the U.S. Open and move another tournament to New York."
    About her semifinal opponent, Elena Dementieva, Patty said: "I love playing [Elena]. We had some great matches already this year, a really unbelievable good match at Australian Open. It was a big fight and she's a great fighter. You really have to wear her down from the baseline. I guess I'm ready, let's see tomorrow." interview - interview on windows media video

    Nicole said: "I've never played [Patty] before, and honestly she just played really smart. I tried to hit the ball really hard and she eliminated that really well. She just used her head, and I didn't, so that was the whole thing all about... I hit so many balls hard, I tried too much. I tried for almost every single point too hard...
    "Right now I'm still mad at myself, the way I played today, but I think in a couple days, I'll look back, I had some good wins here... Everything's still a learning experience. I'm still 15. I'm still young on the tour, so I think overall I'll be pretty satisfied in a couple next days." interview - interview on windows media video

Charleston, SFs, Sat 2:30pm
loser's prize: $49,125 US; points: 135
#5 s2 Elena Dementieva RUS d #13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

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Elena Dementieva

    Elena said: "It was a set and 0-40 down, I think that was the most important moment of the match, that I could win this game, and that just changed the whole game... I was very positive today on the court, and I was trying to play aggressive... [Patty is] a very talented player, and she was using everything she could to move me around, not to let me be aggressive... Last time we played [at the 2005 Australian Open] I was one set and 4-1 up and I lost it, and this time she was up, you know, and she lost it this time... When we play against each other, it's always a fight, three sets... we never had an easy match against each other... In the third set, I started thinking a little bit about what happened in Australia, and I was like, not this time..." interview - interview on windows media video

    Patty said: "It was a turnaround in the second set, like the very first game. [Elena] had some lucky shots... and she was suddenly on and not missing anymore, and I could keep that one still tight, but at the end she was really better. And I tried to stick with her, and maybe she would give me a chance to come back in the third set, so I tried to get on the board, but she was too good. She was hitting winners, running, getting my shots, covering the court very well, she's a very good player... She felt her game, and her performance was extraordinary at the end. She's just a Top 10 player and a champion, so that's the way she can play." interview - interview on windows media video

    About her final opponent, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Elena said: "[Justine] does everything perfect. She has a great serve, great base stroke, and she goes to the net. I mean she can do everything she wants on the court. So for me just I'll try to play my game, maybe be more aggressive to her, backhand, which is one hand. I don't really think it's going to be something such a special tactic against her. Just go on the court and I'll see."

*#34 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #25 s13 Tatiana Golovin FRA 7-6(4), 7-5

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Justine after match point

    Justine said: "I think it was very important for me today that I was very focused on every point, even if I wasn't playing well, especially in the first set and the beginning of the second set, I wasn't playing well, but I just tried all the time, and just stay focused in the match on every point. And then on the important points I played so aggressive, so it was very important for myself to win the close games, the tight games, and that's what I did and it helped me to win the match." interview - interview on windows media video

    Tatiana said: "I think [Justine] plays a completely different game from Venus and Petrova. You really have to generate your power, because she hits a lot of spin, she mixes it up. I think my serve really let me down, and I really didn't really get much free points off my serve, and I think that didn't help me at all... I think she's harder to play on clay because all her balls bounce so high because of the spin, and you have to be there physically and really go for every ball and go for all your shots. It was a close match, and I think we had some great points, and the crowd enjoyed it... I haven't played against players like Henin much. I've usually played against other of the big hitters, so this is just a really a new experience for me, and I gotta learn from it because in order for me to win the French Open, I'm going to have to go through players like this, who play with spin on clay and hard, so difficult to beat. So it's just really a good experience for me." interview - interview on windows media video

Charleston, Final, Sun
loser's prize: $ 96,000 US; points: 210
winner's prize: $ 189,000 US; points: 300
*#34 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #5 s2 Elena Dementieva RUS 7-5, 6-4 career matches: Justine leads 7-1

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Elena and Justine firing forehands

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Justine after match point... and with her new glass bucket

Charleston, Doubles Final
losers' prize: $29,000 US
winners' prize: $57,000 US
cdr19 s2 Conchita Martinez & Virginia Ruano Pascual d cdr113 Iveta Benesova & Kveta Peschke 6-1, 6-4

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Virginia Ruano Pascual & Conchita Martinez

Charleston, Qual Finals, Sun Apr 10
*#131 Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN d #80 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(7)
*#271 Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR d #84 Alyona Bondarenko UKR 7-6(5), 6-4
#85 Yuliana Fedak UKR d #100 Angela Haynes USA 6-3, 7-5
#89 Severine Beltrame FRA d #134 Melinda Czink HUN 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(3)
#93 Kristina Brandi PUR d #104 Sanda Mamic CRO 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
#116 Lindsay Lee-Waters USA d #96 Laura Granville USA 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
#112 Shahar Peer ISR d #165 Nan-Nan Liu CHN 6-2, 6-3
#122 Galina Voskoboeva RUS d #139 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 7-5, 6-3

Charleston, Withdrawals:
#9 s5 Alicia Molik AUS ear infection
#19 Karolina Sprem CRO illness
#22 Paola Suárez ARG neck sprain
#30 Flavia Pennetta ITA foot injury
#38 Ana Ivanovic SCG
#39 Evgenia Linetskaya RUS left wrist sprain
#60 María Vento Kabchi VEN right knee tendonitis
#123 Chanda Rubin USA left knee

    # 9 Alicia Molik withdrew from the 2005 Family Circle Cup due to an inner ear infection. Alicia, who was seeded 5th seed with a 1st-round bye, was replaced in the draw by "lucky loser" (the highest ranked player to lose in qualifying), #80 Tatiana Perebiynis from the Ukraine.

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