Shades Of Roland Garros
Published June 16, 2010 12:00
'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - All three seeds in second round action Wednesday at the UNICEF Open advanced, with top seed Justine Henin the only one not to surrender a set.
Henin, champion at this event in 2001 but playing it for the first time since 2003, defeated Roberta Vinci comfortably, 63 63. She also lost just six games in her first round match here and appears to be in fine form on grass as she pursues her first Wimbledon title, one of her primary goals when she returned to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour at the beginning of this year. The Belgian, twice a runner-up at the All-England Club, seems to have put her disappointing loss in the fourth round of the French Open behind her.
"It was really windy out there. Conditions weren't very easy today," said Henin, who next plays Kristina Barrois, a three set winner over Sybille Bammer. "It's good that I have the opportunity to play another match tomorrow and get more comfortable on the grass."
Henin also talked about her charity work with the tournament's sponsor.
"I work at lot with UNICEF Belgium and we have many activities we do together," she said. "I've traveled with UNICEF Belgium to Congo and Cambodia and also a lot of activities in Belgium talking about what I saw over there and being a witness to what UNICEF is doing over there. The job they are doing is just amazing. It's not only about money. It's about education."
Also Wednesday, fourth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova, who followed up her inspiring run to the French Open quarters with a disappointing early round loss in Birmingham last week, won for the second straight day, edging qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, 26 63 62. Her opponent in the quarters will be fifth-seeded Alexandra Dulgheru, who also won in three sets, 63 26 61, over Alla Kudryavtseva. This is just the Romanian's second-ever Tour event on grass.
The other two quarterfinals matches Thursday will be Dominika Cibulkova versus Kirsten Flipkens and No.7 seed Andrea Petkovic - the only seed left on the bottom half of the draw - against qualifier Sandra Zahlavova.