The SEWTA Tour capped its 2007 season with a thrilling match between winner Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova. The 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 match — played over three hours, 24 minutes — was the longest three-set final in tournament history. (It was played as a best-of-five final from 1984-1998.) Jesus, that 12th game of the first set was agonizingly long, and not even in the nail-biting kind of way.
We were surprised about Masha’s late-season run, which came after a nearly two-month layoff due to shoulder injury. (More after the cut…)
Other notes: This is Henin’s 10th title of the season, making her the first since Martina Hingis in 1997 to record double-digit title victories in one season. And her $1 million prize money for the event puts her 2007 earnings at $5,367,086, besting the previous record-setter, fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters. (Kim set the record in 2005, when she won nine titles, including the U.S. Open with its $2.2 million prize, Indian Wells, and Key Biscayne, for a total of $3.4 million.)
The Taiwanese doubles team of Lu Yen-hsun (right) and Hsieh Su-wei (left) beat Danai Udomchoke and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-4, 6-0 to give their country a spot in next year’s Hopman Cup. Other countries participating include United States, Serbia, France, Australia, Argentina, Czech Republic and defending champion India.
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