Caro & Justine Cruise Into 32s

Caroline Wozniacki and Justine Henin raced past their second round foes. Who won faster?

Published January 19, 2011 12:00

Caro & Justine Cruise Into 32s
Caroline Wozniacki

MELBOURNE, Australia - Current No.1 Caroline Wozniacki and former No.1 Justine Henin made quick work of their second round opponents on Day 3.

Wozniacki was the first to advance but only by a matter of minutes, hitting 23 winners to just eight errors to beat Vania King, 61 60. In their only prior meeting, at Indian Wells last year, King gave Wozniacki all kinds of trouble, leading 4-1 in the third set before the Dane won five games in a row to prevail. But this one was far different, finishing in just 58 minutes.

"I was playing aggressively," Wozniacki said. "I took the balls early and made her run, and had a couple of good net approaches. In general I played solid."

Henin followed with a 61-minute, 61 63 win over British No.1 Elena Baltacha, hitting 22 winners to 17 unforced errors. It was a stark contrast to Henin's first round match, in which she needed over two hours to get past an in-form Sania Mirza in three sets, 57 63 61, her first match since Wimbledon last June.

"It was a better match today. Monday was pretty good in that it was a good fight and Sania put a lot of pressure on me, but today I was more in control," Henin said. "I'm glad I did it in an hour after a pretty long match Monday."

Wozniacki and Henin aren't that close to each other in the draw - they could meet in the quarterfinals - but their next opponents could provide resistance.

Next up for Wozniacki could be No.29 seed Dominika Cibulkova, who played Alberta Brianti later in the day. Cibulkova just beat Wozniacki last week in Sydney, 63 63, the only Australian Open lead-up match Wozniacki played.

Henin's next opponent will be No.23 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion and former No.2 trying to work her way back up the rankings. Kuznetsova performed well in Sydney - beating Sam Stosur to reach the quarters - and does have two wins over Henin (2-16 overall though).

"Of course, it's a tough third round. Kuznetsova, even though she has been in trouble the last year, maybe two years, I think she remains a great player," Henin said. "I know I'll have to be at my best to win that one on Friday."

Kuznetsova dispatched qualifier Arantxa Rus in straight sets, 61 64.

"I know she won most of the time, but believe me, I don't count," Kuznetsova said. "Each match is a different match. It's the same amount of points to win again. I enjoy playing Justine and we are both playing better and better."

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