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Schnyder fails to reach Antwerp finals

Schnyder lost her nerve and her temper during a heated three-set match Keystone

The Swiss tennis star, Patty Schnyder, has failed to make it through to the finals of the $585,000 WTA tournament in Antwerp, Belgium.

This content was published on February 17, 2002 - 17:42

On Saturday, the 23-year-old Basel-based player suffered a three-set defeat (6-1, 3-6, 4-6) at the hands of her Belgian opponent, Justine Henin.

Henin, last year's Wimbledon finalist, initially struggled to find her rhythm as she dropped her serve twice in the first set and hit several unforced errors to hand her Swiss opponent the first six games.

Schnyder loses temper

The turning point for the Belgian came at breakpoint in the fourth game of the second set, when Schnyder lost her temper and slammed her racket to the ground after an apparently wide shot by Henin was judged to have been in.

The world number nine then proceeded to outplay Schnyder with a series of blistering groundstrokes before going on to clinch the match with an ace.

The Swiss star, clearly disappointed with her performance, left the court in anger, pulling off her wristband and throwing it on the floor.

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