Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henman Is Too Strong for Rusedski

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Henman Is Too Strong for Rusedski

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TIM HENMAN won the 'Battle of Britain' in Adelaide today when he beat Greg Rusedski 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Men's Hardcourt Championships in Adelaide.

Top seed Henman and sixth-ranked Rusedski came face-to-face for just the sixth time in their professional careers - with Henman stretching his lead in the series to 4-2.

The 27-year-old also beat his Davis Cup partner 6-2, 7-6 at this event last year.

"It was really tough. It was always going to be difficult playing Greg," said Henman. "He's been serving really well again.

"I was really pleased with the way I played. I was able to return well, and some of the times when he was at the net I hit some good passing shots."

The two players will link up later this year for Britain's Davis Cup tie against Sweden.

Henman said: "Greg is playing really well and that bodes well for the Davis Cup.

"Now we want to have a win in the World Group."

Henman will face Alberto Martin in the last four after the Spaniard caused a surprise today by beating Swedish third seed Thomas Enqvist 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Morocco's fourth seed Hicham Arazi went through after opponent Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia retired with an elbow injury while losing 4-1 in the first set.

VENUS WILLIAMS and Justine Henin will meet in tomorrow's final of the Australian Women's Hardcourt Championships on Queensland's Gold Coast.

American Williams, the No 1 seed, led Russian Nadia Petrova 7-6, 6-5 in today's semi-final before Petrova withdrew because of a shoulder injury.

Second seed Henin, of Belgium, beat seventh-seeded Daja Bedanova, of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-2 in her semi-final.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA lost 6-1, 6-4 to Anna Smashnova of Israel in the semi-final of the ASB Classic in Auckland, Australia.

The Russian, whose ranking fell from eight to 74 during an eightmonth layoff with injury last year, still appeared to be tired from her tough three-set quarterfinal win against Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi yesterday. …

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