Henin holds nerve to dispatch Sharapova in Paris

Last Updated: May 30, 2010, 18:53 PM IST

Paris: Four-time champion Justine Henin beat Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-2 3-6 6-3 in their delayed French Open third-round match on Sunday.

With the match held over at a set-all when darkness halted play on Saturday, Sharapova was quickest out of the blocks, racing to a 2-0 lead and then having Henin at 0-40 on the Belgian`s serve.

But Henin managed to hold on and then reeled off three more games to take a 4-2 lead in blustery conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Sharapova broke back for 4-3 but then Henin went up a gear to seal victory in two hours 10 minutes when a Sharapova backhand drifted wide.

She faces Australian seventh seed Sam Stosur for a place in the quarter-finals.

Bureau Report

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