Dementieva sets up Henin clash


Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:01

Dementieva had the tough task of following Henin onto the Hisense Arena court after the Belgian, who is returning from a 20-month retirement, had accounted for Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-3.

And the 28-year-old Russian provided arguably a more comprehensive display as she conceded just three games to the world number 40 Dushevina. Dementieva hit 21 winners compared to just nine from her opponent.

Dementieva, who is still chasing her first-ever grand slam title, has looked in good form Down Under, defeating last year’s Australian Open champion Serena Williams in the final of the Sydney International last week.

However, her draw against Henin – who reached the final in Brisbane a fortnight ago in her first tournament back – will provide an earlier-than-expected test of her credentials.


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