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Henin-Hardenne on a mission

PARIS -- Finally fit, Justine Henin-Hardenne is back to quietly putting herself in some pretty impressive company.

If she can beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open final today, Henin-Hardenne will collect her third title in four years at Roland Garros, something last accomplished by Steffi Graf in 1993-96.

That also would give Henin-Hardenne a total of five Grand Slam titles.

``I'm trying to avoid thinking too much about that. But obviously, it's in the back of my mind," said Henin-Hardenne, trying to become the first woman since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1994 to win the French Open without dropping a set.

Kuznetsova called Henin-Hardenne ``the toughest player to play on clay."

Henin-Hardenne has won 10 of 11 career meetings against Kuznetsova.

They played in the fourth round of last year's French Open, when Kuznetsova held two match points at 5-3 in the third set before losing. Henin-Hardenne didn't mince words afterward, saying she could see in Kuznetsova's eyes ``she was afraid to win."

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