Henin out of Australian Open, beaten by Kuznetsova

Justine Henin, last year’s runner-up, was knocked out of the

Australian Open on Friday, losing her third-round match 6-4, 7-6

(8) to two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Henin came into the tournament still carrying the effects of a

right elbow injury that sidelined her for most of the last half of


The Belgian player had four double-faults and consective errors

in the tiebreaker but saved two match points before Kuznetsova

closed out the match.

Kuznetsova, the French Open champion in 2004, will next play

last year’s winner at Roland Garros, Francesca Schiavone, in the

fourth round at Melbourne Park.