Henin into last 16 at US Open
Top seed Justine Henin powered into the last 16 at the US Open today with her third straight-sets victory in three matches.sports Updated: Sep 01, 2007 05:22 IST
Top seed Justine Henin powered into the last 16 at the US Open today with her third straight-sets victory in three matches.
The Belgian ousted Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-0 6-2 in just 50 minutes to set up a fourth tie with Russia's Dinara Safina who brushed pust American wildcard Ahsha Rolle 6-4 6-3.
Henin and Safina have met three times with the Belgian winning in straight sets on each occasion.
The six-times Grand Slam winner barely broke a sweat against 19-year-old Makarova, who was playing in her first Grand Slam tournament.
She raced through the first set and it was only when she eased off toward the end of the second that Makarova managed to open her account.
The Russian saved three match point on her own serve at 2-5 but a net-cord against her and a double fault sent Henin into the fourth round.
She has lost just nine games in three rounds, but the task before her gets considerably tougher starting with 15th-seeded Safina.
If she gets through that, Henin could face Serena Williams in the quarter-finals with her sister Venus and two tough Serbs, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic also looming in her half of the draw.