Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Maria Sharapova rose to the occassion and hammered Henin at the Australian open.Sharapova ended Justine Henin's 32-match winning streak in spectacular fashion on Tuesday by thrashing the world number one in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

The fifth seed smashed 30 winners as she took a tight first set and ripped through the second to line up a semi-final against Serbian third seed Jelena Jankovic.

Sharapova, runner-up in Melbourne last year, had lost six of her eight meetings with top seed Henin but came out firing on all cylinders and stormed into a 5-2 lead.

Henin saved two set points as Sharapova was broken when serving for the set but the Russian broke again to win it and left the Belgian helpless in the second to reach the last four for the fourth successive year.

It was Henin's first defeat since last year's Wimbledon, ending a winning streak of 32 matches, and the first time she has lost a set 6-0 since 2002.

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