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    RUSSIA'S BEST WOMAN TENNIS PLAYER BEATEN BY WORLD'S No.1 NEW YORK, March 20, 2004. (RIA Novosti). - Russia's Anastasia Myskina failed to qualify into the finals of the $2.1 million Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, USA.

    On Friday, Myskina, No.5 on the WTA rating list, lost in semi-finals on all counts to world's No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium who had won a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 victory over another Russian, Svetlana Kusnetsova in a quarter-final match.

    The semi-final match started with an exchange of powerful strokes, with Myskina being on the defensive side in most situations.

    As a result, the Belgian easily took the first set (6-1). Myskina was very nervous throughout the set and on one occasion even smashed her racket on the court in sheer frustration.

    After that, Henin-Hardenned broke Myskina in the very first game of the second set and breezed into the finals with an overall 6-1, 6-1 victory in a match that lasted just 56 minutes.

    The finals will see Justine Henin-Hardenne playing against the Pacific Life Open champion of two previous seasons, Lindsey Davenport of the USA.

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