Top seed Justine Henin had no trouble with Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei, beating the world number 158, 6-2 6-2 to advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals. Her opponent will be Maria Sharapova who also quickly finished her fourth round match as she lost only two games to fellow Russian Elena Dementieva.
This quarterfinal clash promises a lot at least judging by their last meeting, in the final of the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid.
Henin still doesn’t play her best tennis, as she made 23 unforced errors and had low 48% first serve percentage in the encounter with Hsieh. Also, the Belgian was broken when serving for the match. Of course, despite all this, the world number one was evidently a better player.
Fifth seed Sharapova on the under hand can be satisfied with her current form as she eased past eleventh seed Elena Dementieva. Sharapova hit 18 winners and converted six of seven break opportunities as she advanced in 62 minutes.