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Henin-Hardenne Advances in US Open


After a rain delay lasting more than 90 minutes, Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium has advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

The second-seeded Henin-Hardenne needed just 74-minutes Monday as she defeated Italy's Maria Elena Camerin, 6-2, 6-1. The Belgian has reached the finals of the three previous Grand Slam events this season.

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded sixth, ousted German Sandra Kloesel, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Tenth-seeded American Lindsay Davenport was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Czech Klara Zakopalova.

In other early results, Shahar Peer, the 21st-seeded Israeli, eliminated Russian Vasilisa Bardina, 6-2, 6-2. No. 22 Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia topped Akiko Morigami of Japan, 6-2, 6-3. No. 28 Ai Sugiyama of Japan was the first to reach the second round, taking only 41 minutes to beat Zuzana Ondraskova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-0. No. 26 Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli topped Olga Poutchkova of Russia, 6-4, 6-0, while Americans Jill Craybas and Vania King also advanced.

In the men's draw, sixth-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo beat Flavio Saretta of Brazil, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. American Andy Roddick, seeded ninth, downed Frenchman Florent Serra, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the tournament's 20th seed, got past American Donald Young, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-1.

Monday night's featured match is an encounter between eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi of the United States and Andrei Pavel of Romania. The American tennis icon will be making his 21st consecutive appearance at the tournament after announcing at the beginning of the season he would retire after the event.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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