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Henin-Hardenne paid tribute to Ana after booking her place in Sunday's final, 6-4, 7-5
"It was a good fight and maybe I should have won the match earlier but she kept fighting," said the Belgian.
"I was playing much better in the second set but couldn't finish the points."
Ana blamed poor footwork for her defeat.
"I didn't move that well today," she said. "I made a lot of mis-hits on both backhand and forehand.
"I should have got more into the court and put her under pressure. But it was a great experience and I think I had my chances in both sets."
Ana beat Natalie Dechy (FRA) to go into the last four of the J&S Cup in Warsaw.
The comfortable 7-6 6-4 victory over the sixth takes Ana to her second semi-final of 2005.
It was another convincing victory in Warsaw, with Ana needing only just over an hour to complete a straight-set victory against the third seed Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-4.
Ana now meets Nathalie Dechy (FRA), who beat the home crowd favourite Marta Domachowska(POL) (6/4 7/6) in the second round.
Ana and Tina Krizan won their first women's doubles match as a partnership.
The Serbian-Slovenian pair beat McShea and Vento-Kabchi 6-2 6-4 in the first round of J & S Cup in Warsaw.
Ivanovic claimed one of the best victories of her career when she overcame the Russian 6-2 6-4.
The 17-year-old has leaped up the rankings and beat U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in Miami last month.
World number 10 Zvonareva failed to find any consistency against her opponent, who played aggressive game and always looked the more confident of the two.
"I just tried to play my game, to attack her and get a little bit into court and get her on the move, and I think I did that pretty well," said Ivanovic, who added she was surprised at her rapid progress.
One of the fastest rising stars in women's tennis continued her march to the top on Thursday, upsetting No.3 seed Vera Zvonareva, 62 64 in second round action at the J & S Cup in Warsaw.
Ivanovic, who picked up her first career Top 10 victory in her last outing at Miami - defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, now has two Top 10 wins in her last two events after her straight sets victory over Zvonareva.
Ana Ivanovic's star continues to rise, the Serbian teenager dominating Slovakian Martina Sucha without the loss of a game. (WTA tour official site).
As No.1 seed Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) was forced to withdraw from the J&S Cup on Monday due to an abdominal strain, Ana will face Vera Zvonareva (RUS), WTA 10, in the second round.
The J&S Cup 2005 in Warsaw starts on Monday. This is a tier II tournament played on clay. Ana will face Martina Sucha, of Slovakia, WTA 61, in the first round on Tuesday.
Some of the world's best players will take part; Justine Henan-Ardene, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva , Patty Schnyder, Kim Clijsters, Daniela Hantuchova.
The number one seed is Amélie Mauresmo and If Ana wins he first round match she will play Mauresmo once again. Four times in four months!
The injuries sustained in Miami put a damper on an otherwise successful start of the season. Ana is keen to put injuries behind her and focus her efforts on the clay court season ahead.
To fulfil the predictions (and Ana's aspirations), of a Top 20 ranking at the end of the season, Ana will need to build upon her success in Key Biscayne.
Ana is practicing again and also working more on her fitness. Her team now includes the top fitness trainer Pierre Paganini - Roger Federer's fitness trainer.
April 25 Warsaw
May 2 Berlin
Ana Ivanovic has come a long way in a short period of time - a very short period of time.
Two years ago, the 17-year-old Belgrade, Serbia native hadn't even played in a professional tournament. In fact, that pro debut didn't come until August of 2003 when she reached the semifinals at the ITF Women's Circuit event in Bucharest, Romania.