Henin Beats Jankovic for 10th Straight Time to Reach Stuttgart SFs
by Staff | April 30th, 2010, 11:21 pm

For the tenth straight time Justine Henin defeated Jelena Jankovic. Today in a battle of former No. 1s, Henin earned a tough 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over the Serb in the quarterfinals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. ADHEREL

Next for Henin, who has been playing with a broken pinkie on her left hand, is Shahar Peer of Israel in the semifinals. Peer ended Dinara Safina’s return to tennis with a 6-3, 6-2 win over the Russian who was playing her first event in three months.

“It was a good start. I was 3-1 up with a chance to go 4-1 up. I didn’t win that game, she won some points, I went a little bit down… I haven’t played many matches, that’s probably the cause,” Safina said. “This was my first time playing points again so to win my first match here is already not a bad result.”

The other semifinal pits the hot-handed Samantha Stosur up against little-known qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova. Stosur, who has ten straight matches on clay and 15 of her last 16 including her SF French Open run last year, was 6-3, 6-3 winner over Li Na.

Lapushchenkova, ranked No. 138, defeated Lucie Safarova 7-6, 1-6, 6-1 to reach her first career WTA semifinal. Earlier in the week the Russian beat Victoria Azarenka. The 23-year-old had just two career main draw WTA wins until this week.

The top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was upset Thursday by Safarova.

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3 Comments for Henin Beats Jankovic for 10th Straight Time to Reach Stuttgart SFs

Kimmi Says:

Great reasults from henis but her matches here have been long and tough. Tomorrow she can win against peer but i think stosur will be her final opponent.

Stosur looks to be in a very good form. I think she likes clay. watch for her to do some damage on clay.

Good to see safina back but i am afraid she will need time to get back to her best. She loves clay, so its a good time to come back.

Kimmi Says:

henis s/b henin

steve Says:

Henin did well to come through the tiebreak, and played very well in the third set.

If she meets Stosur, that will be very interesting.

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