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Henin cruises into second round in Miami

March 25, 2010 09:54 IST

Justine Henin cruised into the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open with a speedy 6-2, 6-2 victory over American Jill Craybas on Wednesday.

Belgium's Justine Henin hits a return during her match against Jill Craybas in round one of the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament match in Key Biscayne, FloridaFormer World No 1 Henin, who entered the tournament as a wild card, needed only 62 minutes to advance in the $4.5 million event on a bright, breezy day in Key Biscayne, Florida.

She will now face Russian Elena Dementieva, who Henin beat in the Australian Open this year en route to a runner-up finish after 16 months away from the game.

"It's been good to be back on the courts," said Henin, who lost in the second round at Indian Wells earlier this month.

"I didn't live this life for almost two years, so that takes a little bit of time. I've worked pretty good between Indian Wells and here. Now I'm going to have a tough round, tough match. That's what I want. So it's going to be perfect to test myself."

Belgian Henin took the first set with ease after firing off eight winners to Craybas's one, but then had a slight stutter in the second. After breaking Craybas twice to move ahead 5-2, Henin could not convert three match points.

Up 40-15 she lost sight of the ball after Craybas's lob, then hit the net on her next attempt to bring up deuce. She hit an ace to take the advantage but then double faulted on her next serve.

American James Blake survived a late rally by 18-year-old Filip Krajinovic to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. Wild card Blake overcame eight double faults and 47 unforced errors to beat the Serbian, who was playing in his only second ATP World Tour-level match.

Argentine David Nalbandian and Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm, who last played in Miami in 1996, were also first-round winners on Wednesday.

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