GOLD COAST, Australia — Venus Williams extended her winning streak to 20 matches, capturing the Australian Women's Hardcourt Championship with a 7-5, 6-2 victory Saturday over defending champion Justine Henin of Belgium.
The top-seeded Williams won the 22nd title of her WTA career by beating the woman she defeated in last summer's Wimbledon final.
Henin broke Williams in the first game of the match. The Belgian then saved four set points at 5-4, but Williams took the set in 40 minutes. Williams broke Henin in the fourth and sixth games of the second set.
Williams arrives in Sydney on Sunday for a week of rest while younger sister Serena plays the Adidas International.
AUSTRALIAN MEN'S HARDCOURT: At Adelaide, Australia, Tim Henman of Britian rallied to beat Spain's Alberto Martin 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in a semifinal match in the Australian men's hardcourt tennis championships on Saturday.
Henman will play Mark Philippoussis of Australia in Sunday's final.
HOPMAN CUP: At Perth, Australia, Jan-Michael Gambill double-faulted on match point against Tommy Robredo, and the United States went on to lose to Spain 2-1 Saturday in the Hopman Cup final.
After winning in singles, Robredo teamed with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to beat Gambill and Monica Seles in mixed doubles 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the title in this Australian Open tuneup.
Sanchez-Vicario also won a Hopman Cup trophy 12 years ago with brother Emilio.
HONG KONG CHALLENGE: Jennifer Capriati won the Hong Kong Ladies Tennis Challenge on Saturday, tuning up for her Australian Open title defense with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Elena Dementieva of Russia.
QATAR OPEN: Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco beat Felix Mantilla of Spain 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Saturday to win the $1 million Qatar Open.
TATA OPEN: At Madras, India, unseeded Paradorn Srichaphan beat fourth-seeded Andrei Pavel of Romania 6-3, 6-4 Saturday to reach the finals of the $400,000 TATA Open.
Srichaphan will play the top seed, Guillermo Canas.