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Henin brushes past Argentine into second round

sports Updated: Jun 26, 2007 03:44 IST
Sonia Oxley
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World number one Justine Henin brushed past Argentine Jorgelina Cravero 6-3 6-0 in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday.

Henin, seeking her first Wimbledon crown to complete her grand slam collection, looked at ease on her least comfortable surface and disposed of her opponent in less than an hour in a match that was interrupted by rain.

The Belgian said it had taken her a little while to adjust to the surface because she had not had much chance to practise on the All England Club grass before the match.

"It's been tough because I couldn't hit yesterday and only 10 minutes this morning, then in a rush a little bit in the afternoon 15 more minutes," Henin told a news conference.

"I wasn't in a good rhythm in the beginning in the rallies. I was too far from my baseline. At the end I was beginning to feel much better on the court and trying to come a little bit more to the net."

The Belgian sealed victory when Cravero, ranked 117 in the world, hit a shot long.

The number one seed extended her winning streak to 12 matches, which includes triumphs at the French Open and the Eastbourne International.

"It's a first round -- it's never easy. It's always good to win in two sets," she said.

She added that she was pleased to get the full match under her belt on a day when the start of play was delayed by nearly three hours and then the schedule was further interrupted because of rain.