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Van Roost, Halard-Decugis Advance

June 23, 2000

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) _ Dominique Van Roost of Belgium reached the final at Eastbourne, beating Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 one day after eliminating Lindsay Davenport.

In the other semifinal Friday, sixth-seeded Julie Halard-Decugis of France defeated No. 8 Chanda Rubin of the United States 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Van Roost, seeded fifth, will be playing in the biggest final of her career.

``I feel there’s going to be no pressure on me in the final,″ she said.

The match comes just weeks after she considered quitting tennis following the death of her mother in March. She was persuaded to play the French Open, where she upset Davenport in the first round and then beat her again in the quarterfinals of this Wimbledon tuneup.

Van Roost, playing at Eastbourne for the first time, used her strong forehand to wear down Kremer and take the third set.

``She was moving and anticipating very well,″ Van Roost said. ``I continued going for my shots and I definitely felt her level drop off ... that she was tired in the third set.″

In the opening set, Van Roost let three-game points slip away at 5-6 and Kremer forced a forehand error to take the set.

In the second set, Kremer twice broke serve to lead 3-1 and 4-2, only for Van Roost to strike back. The set was decided when Van Roost broke with a forehand down the line on her fourth break point to lead 6-5.

Rubin, who dropped a 6-0 set to Anna Kournikova in the quarterfinals, lost the first four games to Halard-Decugis. By the time Rubin regrouped, it was too late to save the first set.

Rubin was in control in the second set. In the deciding set, Halard-Decugis broke for a 2-0 lead when a netcord left Rubin no chance. Rubin broke in the seventh game and tied it 4-4. Then Halard-Decugis struck a winning forehand to break serve for the match.

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