Henin-Hardenne tramples nemesis Daniilidou
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Third seed Justine Henin-Hardenne showed the form that won her the 2003 French Open title when she destroyed Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 6-1 6-1 in the second round in San Diego on Tuesday. It was her first WTA Tour match since she lost to world number one Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semi-finals on July 3.
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The Belgian was too strong for Daniilidou, 21, who won their only previous meeting, in the Netherlands on grass last year.
"I'm a completely different player now," Henin-Hardenne told reporters. "I gave up seven match points there and, at that time, I wasn't in good mental shape.
"Tonight I played aggressive when I needed to and I was patient when I had to be. I served well and pushed her into mistakes."
Planning an assault on her first U.S. Open crown, the Belgian is attempting to add a formidable net attack to her hardcourt arsenal.
"I'll probably have to lose some matches but I know I have to come into the net if I am going to raise my game up to a new level," Henin-Hardenne said.
Travelling for the first time in her career without her coach, Carlos Rodriguez, who is at home awaiting the birth of his child, Henin-Hardenne was unsure how she would respond.
"It was a special situation because he's always been there for me," she said. "I didn't know if I would be there 100 percent so it was a good experience for me.
"It's only me out there and I have to learn how to deal with it."
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