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Aug 26th, 2003, 08:05 PM
Henin-Hardenne Challenged But Survives
by Lucas Swineford
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Justine Henin-Hardenne began her quest to add a second Grand Slam championship to her resume today when she took on qualifier Aniko Kapros. The 2003 French Open champion opened up play inside Arthur Ashe Stadium for Day 2. Many were expecting the No. 2 seed to dismantle her opponent, finishing her work by noon in New York City. Many were wrong.

Henin-Hardenne never looked comfortable in the first set but was able to pull it out, 7-5. Despite a weak second serve that averaged only 63 mph, Kapros hung around thanks to Henin-Hardenne's sloppy play.

Leading the issues for Henin-Hardenne in the opening set was her first serve. Unable to hit it in play consistently, she allowed Kapros to break her serve twice. The second break came when she was serving for the set at 5-3.

Forehands that she should have attacked aggressively for winners were sailing wide and long for the Belgian, only adding to her frustration.

In the second set, though, we were introduced to the Justine Henin-Hardenne we all expected to see today at the USTA National Tennis Center. She tightened up her backhand and cut down on the unforced errors. Hitting her serve with cofidence, Henin-Hardenne didn't allow Kapros anywhere near a break point as she cruised in a quick second set, 6-3.

Henin-Hardenne has never made it past the fourth round at the US Open.

Henin-Hardenne's first Grand Slam victory at the 2003 French Open was also Belgium's first-ever Grand Slam singles title.

Kapros is making her second main-draw appearance in the US Open. She was a first-round loser in 2001.

As a junior player, Kapros won the 2000 Australian Open singles and doubles titles.

Henin-Hardenne and Kapros met in the first round of the 2002 French Open, with Henin-Hardenne winning, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.

Aug 26th, 2003, 08:37 PM
Henin-Hardenne and Kapros met in the first round of the 2002 French Open, with Henin-Hardenne winning, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.

don't mean to be a party pooper but :tape:

Aug 26th, 2003, 08:40 PM
I still find it amazing that Justine has never made it past the 4th round at the USO...
she's had such an amazing run lately its easy to forget that this year last time she wasn't viewed as a real threat on hard courts...
what a difference a year makes..