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Tennis: Rain Continues to Put Damper on Wimbledon Championship


More rain has fallen on the fifth day of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, but women's top seed Justine Henin of Belgium overcame her interrupted match to become the first player to reach the fourth round.

The French Open champion had little difficulty in her 6-1, 6-3 victory over Elena Vesnina of Russia. The match was suspended for more than one hour by rain with Henin leading 3-2 in the second set. She broke Vesnina's serve when play resumed, then served out for the win.

Henin is aiming to complete a career Grand Slam, as previously she has also won singles titles at the Australian Open and U.S. Open. Her next opponent will be Switzerland's Patty Schnyder, who defeated Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6, just before the second rainfall of the day stopped play.

Later Friday, top-ranked men's player Roger Federer of Switzerland was to play his third-round match against Russian Marat Safin.

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