Justine Henin out in Melbourne
Justine Henin has been eliminated from the quarter finals of the Australian Open, beaten by Russian Maria Sharapova in just two sets
Justine Henin has been eliminated from the quarter finals of the Australian Open. She was beaten by Russian Maria Sharapova in just two sets, 6-4 and 6-0.
Henin, leading world champion and first head of series, stood no chance against the Russian.
It was the 8th encounter between Henin and Sharapova, 6 of them had been won by Henin. In losing from Sharapova, the Belgian player has put an end to an uninterrupted series of 32 victories. In fact, Sharapova is the first the beat our fellow countrywoman since the Wimbledon semi-finals.
In the next round, Sharapova is to face Serbian Jelena Jankovic who earlier today beat last year’s winner Serena Williams in two sets, 6-3 and 6-4.
"A difficult evening"
After the match, Justine Henin found it difficult to swallow her disappointment.
“A defeat is always difficult to accept, especially now. But Sharapova played well and I didn’t play up to my usual level. I found it hard to impose my game. She was superior on all levels. And that is just something I’ll have to accept”, Henin sighed.
“I hadn’t lost a game in quite a long time and that in itself brought along a lot of pressure. On top of that, I wasn’t feeling my usual self because of my knee injury."
"But that’s no excuse, I just lacked confidence and at this level you get punished for that, especially when your opponent is playing well.”
“So yes, it was a difficult evening”, a disappointed Henin concluded.