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At her best when it mattered most

Justine Henin-Hardenne is the best clay-court player in the world and proved it by winning her second straight French Open title. Mary Joe Fernandez explains that when it mattered most, Henin-Hardenne was at her best.

Updated: June 10, 2006, 3:56 PM ET
By Mary Joe Fernandez | Special to ESPN.com

PARIS -- Justine Henin-Hardenne looked really determined and very focused. She came into the French Open without having won a clay-court title this year, which was surprising in itself because she is the best clay-court player in the world. But she still has the faith and confidence that she is going to be better than her opponent on the big occasion.

In the final, she played the big points well; there was not a lot between her and Svetlana Kuznetsova, but when it mattered most, Henin-Hardenne ...

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