Henin enters Miami final, Ljubicic, Canas win
Justine Henin storms into the final of the Sony Ericsson Open and wins over Russian Anna Chakvetadze.sports Updated: Mar 30, 2007 13:45 IST
World number one Justine Henin stormed into the final of the Sony Ericsson Open on Thursday with a crushing 6-2 6-3 win over Russian Anna Chakvetadze.
After missing the early part of the season following her split with husband Pierre-Yves Hardenne, Henin has been almost unbeatable reaching her third consecutive final after collecting back-to-back titles in Dubai and Doha.
"I still emotionally have to find a balance," she told reporters. "The beginning of the season has been fantastic... I hope I can keep it going until the end.
"What happened in 2006 is far away, now I just want to focus on another season."
"I just try to move forward. You can take something positive from anything in your life and that's what I am trying to do."
Henin, who has lost just once in 16 matches this season, was never seriously challenged by her ninth seeded Russian opponent, who was broken five times and managed to hold serve just three times in the entire match.
"It was an easier match than I was expecting," said Henin. "I was just happy to do my job, it was very clean. I had a solution to every ball she was hitting today.
The Belgian will now await the winner of the match between three-times champion Serena Williams and Israel's Shahar Peer.
In men's play, Croatian Ivan Ljubicic and Argentine Guillermo Canas, who shocked world number one Roger Federer with a fourth round upset, booked their spots in the semis with straight sets victories.
The men's other semi-final place will be decided on Friday when Britain's Andy Murray takes on Serbia's Novak Djokovic.
Ljubicic, who lost in last year's final to Federer, ended any thoughts of an all Argentine semi-final blasting his way past Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3 7-5 while Canas battled past Spanish sixth seed Tommy Robredo 7-6 6-1.
Seventh seeded Ljubicic's booming serve help propel him to his fourth semi-final in seven events this season pounding 14 aces past Chela, including 10 in the second set.
"I know when it comes to the important points I can rely on my best shot and go for it," said Ljubicic.
"I really like my chances, last year I lost to Roger in the final and I know every player in the draw is thinking it's my turn."
Back on the ATP Tour after serving a 15 month drugs suspension, Canas had eight break points in the opening set and could not convert any of them but prevailed in the tiebreak 7-5.
The Argentine then pounced on the dejected Spaniard, sweeping through the opening four games of the second set to take control of the match.
First Published: Mar 30, 2007 13:26 IST