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Henin-Hardenne wins U.S. Open tennis

Sept. 7, 2003 at 12:26 AM

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Justine Henin-Hardenne captured her second Grand Slam and first U.S. Open title Saturday night with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters.

Although Clijsters retained the top ranking on the WTA Tour, Henin-Hardenne made sure her rival remained empty-handed in Grand Slam events since she also posted a 6-0, 6-4 triumph over Clijsters in the French Open final.

Henin-Hardenne displayed her usual quickness and punishing groundstrokes despite needing treatment from severe cramping following Friday's three-hour, three-set semifinal victory over Jennifer Capriati.

The 21-year-old, considered questionable at the start of the day, was on the practice courts late Saturday afternoon and dispelled any notion that she would not compete.

The victory ended the four-year run of the Williams sisters at the U.S. Open. Neither was in the draw due to injury.

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