September 1, 2006

Henin recovers to reach last 16

By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne
recovered from a first-set stumble to beat Japan's Ai Sugiyama
4-6 6-1 6-0 and reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open on

The Belgian lost five games in a row as 28th seed Sugiyama
took the opening set but she roared back to set up a meeting
with either Francesca Schiavone of Italy or Israeli Shahar

"I lost a little bit of my intensity but I stayed focused
from the first point of the second set and I am happy,"
Henin-Hardenne said.

Henin-Hardenne looked on course for a straightforward win
when she led 4-1 with two breaks but she lost her way in the
breezy conditions to fall behind.

But the 2003 champion won 12 of the next 13 games to clinch
victory after 103 minutes.