boston.com Sports Sportsin partnership with NESN your connection to The Boston Globe

Henin-Hardenne gets revenge

PARIS -- Justine Henin-Hardenne fought off flashbacks yesterday to avenge an upset.

The defending champion won the final nine games and defeated Tathiana Garbin, 6-4, 6-0, at the French Open. Henin-Hardenne was ranked No. 1 when Garbin beat her the last time they met, in the second round of the 2004 tournament.

``In the first set, I have to say I thought a little bit about what happened two years ago," Henin-Hardenne said. ``You need to forget about the past. You cannot do anything about that."

Seeded fifth, defending champion Henin-Hardenne is bidding to win the title for the third time in four years. Her opponent in the fourth round today will be 2004 winner Anastasia Myskina, who beat No. 19 Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday.

``She's someone you can never write off," Henin-Hardenne said. ``She won a Grand Slam. She has experience that not many players have on tour."

Henin-Hardenne has won six of eight meetings against Myskina. That includes their most recent match at the 2004 Olympics, when Myskina squandered a 5-1 lead in the third set.

``Justine is a normal person who can do mistakes," Myskina said. ``Not easy ones -- she's not going to give you any free points, but she still can miss."

No. 12 Martina Hingis, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2001, beat Ivana Lisjak, 6-1, 6-1. Hingis's opponent today will be Shahar Peer, the first Israeli woman to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam event since Anna Smashnova at the French in 1998.

The 19-year-old Peer, seeded 31st, advanced by upsetting 2004 runner-up Elena Dementieva, 6-4, 7-5.

``We have maybe four clay courts in Israel," Peer said. ``The rest is just hard courts. But I think the way I play and the way I move, I can improve and play better and better on clay."

Five other players also earned fourth-round berths at a major for the first time: Alberto Martin, Julien Benneteau, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, Novak Djokovic, and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Martin did it in his 31st Grand Slam tournament, playing four hours to rally past No. 27 Olivier Rochus, 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4. He'll next play Benneteau, who beat No. 11 Radek Stepanek, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.

No. 15 David Ferrer, a quarterfinalist last year, lost to Ramirez Hidalgo, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 6-4. No. 23 Tommy Haas was eliminated by Djokovic, 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).

Groenefeld, seeded 13th, defeated No. 20 Maria Kirilenko, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

Two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt eliminated No. 22 Dominik Hrbaty, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-2. Hewitt, who has been hampered by calf and ankle injuries, was encouraged by his progress playing only his fourth match since early April.

No. 2 Kim Clijsters beat No. 26 Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-3, 6-4. Clijsters totaled 28 winners and 44 unforced errors; Medina Garrigues had six and 12.

Clijsters's opponent today will be No. 15 Daniela Hantuchova, who outlasted No. 21 Nathalie Dechy, 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.

No. 32 Gisela Dulko beat Shenay Perry, 6-1, 6-1, in 52 minutes, leaving one American -- Venus Williams -- in the women's draw.

Myskina held every service game against Ivanovic, benefiting from her young opponent's 37 unforced errors. Following the victory, the Moscow native received courtside congratulations from a beaming Boris Yeltsin and autographed a straw hat for the former Russian president.

``He said I play really nice and good," said Myskina, seeded 10th. ``When he watched before, I never lose a match so far. So I hope he's going to stay here."

SEARCH THE ARCHIVES
 
Today (free)
Yesterday (free)
Past 30 days
Last 12 months
 Advanced search / Historic Archives