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Henin into Australian Open semis

sports Updated: Jan 26, 2010 12:02 IST

Justine Henin has advanced to the semifinals of her first Grand Slam tournament in two years, beating Nadia Petrova of Russia 7-6 (3), 7-5 at the Australian Open.

Henin, who is in her second tournament since returning from a 20-month retirement, won the first set on Tuesday with one of her trademark backhands soon after taking a 6-1 lead in the tiebreaker. Petrova broke Henin's service in the opening game of the second set and led 3-0 before Henin, unranked and playing on a wild card entry, won seven of the next nine games.

Petrova had beaten US Open champion Kim Clijsters and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on her way to the quarterfinals.