Justine ends the year in style

Last updated at 21:08 12 November 2006


Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne claimed the first WTA Championships of her career when she beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-4 6-3 in an absorbing exhibition of high-quality tennis in Sunday's final.

Henin-Hardenne, who will succeed Mauresmo as world number one when the final rankings of the year are released on Monday, played some immaculate tennis as she closed out the defending

champion in straight sets in a fitting end to the season.

The victory gave the three-times Roland Garros champion some revenge for her losses to the Frenchwoman in the finals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year.

Henin-Hardenne, who reached the final of all four grand slam tournaments this season is the first player since Martina Hingis in 2000 to win the Championships and end the year as number one.

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