Henin advances after straight sets victory in Miami

Justine Henin cruised into the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open with a speedy 6-2, 6-2 victory over American Jill Craybas on Wednesday.

Updated: Mar 25, 2010, 08:59 AM IST

Miami: Justine Henin cruised into the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open with a speedy 6-2, 6-2 victory over American Jill Craybas on Wednesday.

Former world number one Henin, who entered the tournament as a wild card, needed only 62 minutes to advance in the USD 4.5 million event on a bright, breezy day in Key Biscayne, Florida.

She will now face Russian Elena Dementieva, who Henin beat in the Australian Open this year en route to a runner-up finish after 16 months away from the game.

"It`s been good to be back on the courts," said Henin, who lost in the second round at Indian Wells earlier this month.

"I didn`t live this life for almost two years, so that takes a little bit of time. I`ve worked pretty good between Indian Wells and here. Now I`m going to have a tough round, tough match. That`s what I want. So it`s going to be perfect to test myself."

Belgian Henin took the first set with ease after firing off eight winners to Craybas`s one, but then had a slight stutter in the second. After breaking Craybas twice to move ahead 5-2, the Belgian could not convert three match points.

Up 40-15 she lost sight of the ball after Craybas`s lob, then hit the net on her next attempt to bring up deuce. She hit an ace to take the advantage but then double faulted on her next serve.

However, Henin won her next two serves to seal victory.

Bureau Report