Hurt Henin hands title to Testud

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Sandrine Testud of France won her first tournament since 1998 when Belgium's Justine Henin was forced to retire in Sunday's final of the Big Island Championships in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Testud was leading 6-3, 2-0 when Henin was forced to stop because of a thigh injury.

It was her third career win and her first since October 1998 when she beat Lindsay Davenport in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Germany.

The International Tennis Federation has stepped in to counter the power serves of the men's game by introducing three types of balls. The different balls, graded as fast, medium and slow, will slow down the speed of serves on hard courts, but speed it up on slow surfaces. There was no announcement as to when the new balls would be officially used for the first time.