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Henin barges into third round at Wimbledon

London: Belgium`s Justine Henin took a hesitant step towards a first Wimbledon title when she came through her second-round contest 6-3, 7-5 against Germany`s Kristina Barrois on Wednesday.

Henin, twice a losing finalist at the All England Club, looked sharper than in her first-round match and used her pace and groundstroke power to muscle her way to the opening set in 33 minutes against the world number 73.

But the former world number one stuttered when letting a 5-2 lead slip in the second before breaking the German`s serve once again to lead 6-5 and then holding to love when a Barrois forehand looped over the baseline after an hour and 22 minutes.

She will play either Taiwan`s Yung-Jan Chan or Russian 12th seed Nadia Petrova for a place in the fourth round.

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