Henin in action, Mauresmo wins in second round at Dubai

Feb 21, 2007 - 6:01 PM DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Ticker) -- Justine Henin will start with an unknown element in her search for another title at the Dubai Duty Free Open.

A three-time champion here, Henin is facing Austrian qualifier Tamira Paszek in the second round of the $1.5 million Tier II hardcourt event on Wednesday.

The top-seeded Belgian has never lost in this tournament, improving to 12-0 last season to follow up consecutive titles in 2003-04. She received a bye in the first round as one of the top four seeds.

Henin, however, is facing Paszek for the first time, something that has already caused some problems for the world's No. 2 player. In her previous tournament at Paris earlier this month, Henin won her first two matches of the year before losing to Czech Lucie Safarova in their first meeting.

Second seed Amelie Mauresmo rolled into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Russian Vera Dushevina. The Frenchwoman is coming off a title at Antwerp last week.

Mauresmo's next opponent will be Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. The eighth seed had to battle from a set down to dispatch Russian Maria Kirilenko, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Hantuchova has actually won the last two matches with Mauresmo and leads the all-time series, 3-2.

Jelena Jankovic followed up an impressive win in the first round with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Italian Mara Santangelo. The fifth seed routed France's Aravane Rezai, 6-1, 6-2, on Tuesday.

The Serbian next will face the winner between No. 4 Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues played later Wednesday.

Sixth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland also advanced by bouncing Australia's Alicia Molik, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

In the only match not featuring a seeded player, Greece's Eleni Daniilidou rallied for a 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Ai Sugiyama of Japan.

Daniilidou set up a meeting with either Henin or Paszek.

First prize is $231,080.

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