September 4, 2006

Henin storms into quarter-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne
hammered out a warning to her rivals for the U.S. Open title
when she crushed Israeli Shahar Peer 6-1 6-0 to reach the

The 2003 champion ripped past 21st seed Peer in just 50
minutes to set up a clash with either seventh seed Patty
Schnyder of Switzerland or American Lindsay Davenport, the 1998

"It was a very good match for me," Henin-Hardenne said.

"I did a lot of serve and volleying today and that helped
me to stay aggressive."

Henin-Hardenne had needed three sets to get past Ai
Sugiyama of Japan in the previous round but she won 12 of the
first 14 points on her way to taking the first set in 23

Peer, who was appearing in the fourth round for the first
time, had no answer to Henin-Hardenne's power and the Belgian
cruised to victory.

Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was stunned by Serbian
19th seed Jelena Jankovic 6-7 6-3 6-2.

The 21-year-old Jankovic will face Russian Elena Dementieva
in the quarter-finals.

Sixth seed Kuznetsova, the 2004 Open champion, had 46
unforced errors and 41 winners in the two-hour, 19-minute match
on the Grandstand.

Jankovic, ranked 20th in the world, blasted 37 winners but
had only 24 unforced errors in her first meeting with

Russian fourth seed Dementieva booked her spot in the
quarter-finals by defeating France's Aravane Rezai 7-5 6-4.

Rezai hung in against Dementieva but was ultimately done in
by committing 35 unforced errors during the 79-minute match.