She said this after the quarter-finals match in which she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-4, 7-5.
In the semifinal Mrs. Henin-Hardenne will play against Anastasia Myskina also of Russia, who defeated Conchita Martinez of Spain in the quarter-finals.
"The match against Myskina is very important to me," the Belgian said. "We played against each other a few times, and each match turned into a battle, most often in three sets. I defeated her in last year's final tournament, she won in Leipzig, and we will see what will happen this time." Justine Henin-Hardenne characterized Myskina as "capable of anything." "Her psychological power is that she does not fear any authorities," the world's best woman tennis player noted. "She plays very toughly from the very beginning and to the last point, just as all Russian women do. That is why to be a match to her it is necessary to play in the same manner." As for the match against Kuznetsova, Mrs. Henin-Hardenne noted that she had started imposing her manner of play on her opponent from the very beginning.
"I was very nervous because Kuznetsova was playing very well and did not give me a slightest chance to relax," the Belgian player went on to say. "But the fact that I lost to her in Doha several weeks ago helped me. A feeling similar to revenge emerged in me before today's match. I had to take revenge, and I did it." The semifinal match at the tournament in Indian Wells between Justine Henin-Hardenne and Anastasia Myskina will be held on the main court of Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 19.