Henin, Unseeded Americans Advance at US Open

Posted on August 29, 2006

World No. 2 Justine Henin-Hardenne led the successful Top 10 seeds in action on opening day Monday at the US Open, breezing past Italian Maria Elena Camerin 6-2, 6-1.

Henin-Hardenne won the title last week in New Haven after skipping the major event in Montreal, citing an ongoing knee injury.

"It was the best preparation for me to go in Montreal and get a few matches; I couldn't have it, so I had to change my plan which I don't like that much," Henin-Hardenne said. "But when you have to, you do it. But now my knee is feeling fine. I just have to be careful."

Other Top 10 seeds into the second round Monday were (4) Elena Dementieva (d. Granville), (6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Kloesel in three), (7) Patty Schnyder (d. Smashnova), (9) Nicole Vaidisova (d. Rubin), and (10) Lindsay Davenport (d. Zakopalova).

"It's pretty much just my arm," said Davenport of the injury that forced her to retire last weekend in the New Haven final. "Like in fatigueness, soreness. It just feels really heavy. I've actually never had an arm injury. I think I've had every other injury known to a tennis player, but an arm injury. It's kind of the unknown dealing with it. You know, it was playable today. Now that I have every other day off, I think I'll be able to kind of make it better as the tournament goes on."

France's Aravane Rezai provided the only seeded upset on the day, coming from a set down to oust No. 15 Anna-Lena Groenefeld 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Other seeded winners were (14) Francesca Schiavone (d. Oprandi), (19) Jelena Jankovic (d. Dulko from a set down), (20) Maria Kirilenko (d. Schruff), (21) Shahar Peer (d. Bardina), (22) Katarina Srebotnik (d. Morigami), (26) Marion Bartoli (d. Poutchkova, bagel in the second), (28) Ai Sugiyama (d. Ondraskova, bagel in the second), (29) Jie Zheng (d. Peschke in three), and (33) Vera Zvonareva (d. Domachowska).

Unseeded American women went 3-for-1 on Monday, with winners Vania King (d. (WC) Molik), Jill Craybas (d. Benesova, bagel in the second), and 16-year-old wildcard Lauren Albanese (d. Savchuk from a set down).

Other un-seeds into the second round were Russians Alina Jidkova (d. Kirkland from a set down) and Ekaterina Bychkova (d. (Q) Skavronskaia), Czech Lucie Safarova (d. Stosur), Finland's Emma Laine (d. Tu), German Martina Muller (d. Yakimova), Croatian Jelena Kostanic (d. Asagoe), Italy's Tathiana Garbin (d. Meng), Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson (d. Martinez Granados), France's Severine Bremond (d. (Q) Dubois), India's Sania Mirza (d. Sprem), and qualifiers Varvara Lepchenko of Uzbekistan (d. Castano from a set down) and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium (d. (Q) Chan).

Highlights of Tuesday play at the US Open are (1) Mauresmo vs. Barrois, S.Williams vs. Dominguez Lino, (3) Sharapova vs. Krajicek, (27) Golovin vs. Harkleroad, (17) Hantuchova vs. Mattek, (13) Pierce vs. Vesnina, and (8) Hingis vs. Peng.