Clijsters beats old foe Henin

BRISBANE - One classic match was all it took for Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin to serve notice that the Belgians are back and looking to dominate women's tennis.

BRISBANE - One classic match was all it took for Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin to serve notice that the Belgians are back and looking to dominate women's tennis.

Clijsters beat her great rival 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8-6) in Saturday's women's final of the Brisbane International, in a match that both players later described as the greatest of their 23 encounters by far.

All the more remarkable was that Clijsters was playing only her fifth tournament since making a comeback to the sport, and Henin was playing her first after deciding to end her 20-month retirement.

With the year's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, just a week away, Clijsters said it would not be long before both Belgians would be back among the sport's elite.

"I think with the level that we both played today, I think we are both capable of getting back into the top 10 and I think it won't take long for Justine to have a crack at that," Clijsters said.

Henin, 27, who injured her leg late in the third set, said: "I would say it was the most intense match we've played. I'm really happy, it gives me the confidence I need before the Open." - Sapa-AFP

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