"I was a little bit nervous at the end to conclude the match but I'm very happy the way I played," said Henin-Hardenne, who was coming off a loss in her last round robin match, on Friday against Mauresmo. "The key for me yesterday was that I came out of the court and I said, there were many positives, just take these and build something for tomorrow. I just turned the page very quickly. I knew what I had to improve if I wanted to win today.
"I'm a competitor. When I play for nothing, like yesterday, it's probably harder for me."
Henin-Hardenne had already qualified for the semifinal round when she faced Mauresmo, and so for her the match didn't have much impact; but she certainly upped her level Saturday. And by reaching the final, the Belgian also guaranteed herself of a return to the world's No.1 ranking when the year-end list is released Monday, her first time at the top in over two years, since the 2004 US Open fortnight.
"It's going to be me and I'm very happy about that," Henin-Hardenne continued. "It's not easy to get to the finals of all four Grand Slams, and that's what I did. I've been very consistent, and I'm now in the final again. 2006 is almost done, and when I look back, I see only good things, even when I think about my tough matches in the Grand Slam finals. It's probably the best season of my career and I will enjoy it in the next two months."
In Henin, We Trust
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