Henin Outlasts Sharapova in Record Match

Belgian grabs Sony Ericsson laurel, extends winning streak to 25
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 5:17 AM CST
Tennis player Justine Henin, from Belgium, serves against Maria Sharapova, from Russia, during their Sony Ericsson Championships singles final match in Madrid, Sunday Nov. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova battled for a record 3 hours, 24 minutes in the final match of the Sony Ericsson Championships yesterday until Henin finally locked up her 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory. "It's an honor to play against her," Sharapova told AP, adding: "I hope I can get my revenge a few more times."

Sharapova powered out to a fast start on Henin's double faults, while Henin saved 14 of Sharapova's 18 break chances overall, and five of six in the final set. Henin's 25-match streak is the longest since Steffi Graff's 38-match run in 1989. Her winnings make her the first woman to top the $5 million mark.