Justine Henin made a statement ahead of Wimbledon by beating reigning Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-2) in the final at Eastbourne.
Mauresmo began the stronger in difficult, blustery conditions and led 4-1 in the opening set but Henin broke twice to take the early initiative.
The Belgian claimed an early break in the second but Mauresmo battled back to force a tie-break which she took 7-4 after opening up a 6-1 lead.
The exciting match swung once more in the decider and Mauresmo seemed well on top as she gave herself the chance to serve for the title.
But world number one Henin upped her game to break back and then ran away with the deciding tie-break.
Henin will now go to Wimbledon as a strong favourite for the title.
BEST ODDS TO WIN 2007 LADIES WIMBLEDON TITLE :
Justine Henin 3.25 @ Bet365
Serena Williams 4.33 @ PremierBet
Kim Clijsters 8.00 @ Canbet
Maria Sharapova 8.00 @ SportingOdds
Amelie Mauresmo 10.00 @ Betsson
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