Henin overcomes Davenport

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Justine Henin-Hardenne came back from 1-4 and a late painful cramp to beat Lindsay Davenport 7-5, 5-7, 9-7 in 3 hours, 13 minutes to advance into the quarterfin

Henin overcomes Davenport
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Melbourne:

Justine Henin-Hardenne came back from 1-4 and a late painful cramp to beat Lindsay Davenport 7-5, 5-7, 9-7 in 3 hours, 13 minutes to advance into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open today. "I thought I was going to die but I played it with my heart and just went for it," said fifth-seeded Henin-Hardenne, the 2001 Wimbledon runner-up. In the next to last game, "I was cramping and then I thought the match was over for me.'' Henin-Hardenne took advantage of her own speed and her opponent's errors to take the first set and go up 4-1 in the second. But Davenport won 10 of the next 12 games, moving to a 4-1 lead in the final set. After Henin-Hardenne broke serve three times for 5-all - rebounding from 40-15 in the eighth game - Davenport saved a match point in the 14th and reached 7-all. Then, serving at 0-15, Henin-Hardenne fell to the court, holding her left leg. After treatment, she came back and served an ace, held for 8-7 and then broke Davenport again, winning with an inside-out forehand serve return. It was her first victory in six meetings with Davenport, a former No. 1 who has won three majors, including the 2000 Australian Open. She next plays Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Czech player Denisa Chladkova. (AP)

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