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Huber's career ends with heavy defeat

 

 

Anke Huber's career ended in disappointing fashion on Wednesday when Belgian teenager Justine Henin crushed her 6-1 6-2 at the WTA Championships.

Huber, 26, enjoyed one of the finest moments of her 12-year career at the season-ending event for the world's top 16 players when she took Steffi Graf to five sets in the all-German final of 1995.

But the former Australian Open finalist looked a shadow of the top-four player she once was as Henin, seeded fourth at the $3 million tournament, needed just 55 minutes to knock her out in the first round at Munich's Olympic hall.

Huber, who won 12 career titles, had intended to play in the Australian Open before retiring but then decided Munich would be her last tournament.

Wimbledon finalist Henin, making her first appearance in the tournament, showed no mercy, breaking her opponent in the second game before capturing her serve again with a superb cross-court forehand. The Belgian sealed the first set with an ace after 26 minutes.

The second set was equally one-sided, Huber dropping serve straight away with a double-fault and again in the fifth game with yet another unforced error.

Henin, who ended Huber's suffering with an ace on her first match-point, will meet American Serena Williams, the seventh seed, for a place in the last four.