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    Default Ana Ivanovic To Face Justine Henin In Brisbane Semis

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    Serb Ana Ivanovic will face Justine Henin in the semi-final of the Brisbane International on Friday. The two former French Open champions are vying to return to top form. The one-time number one Ivanovic is trying to lift a sagging 21st ranking and Henin is returning to the game this week after a retirement in 2008 due to burnout.

    Third seed Ivanovic reserved her place in the high-profile showdown as she outclassed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova by 6-2, 7-6(6).The unseeded Henin, four times champion at Roland Garros, had to struggle hard to put out Hungarian Melinda Czink by 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

    Henin said,"It was a tough match and a good fight. A very good match, a very good level. She went for the winners - there were ups, there were downs. Iím in the semis now and I cannot ask for more. It will be very exciting, to play against Ana - it's a great feeling."

    Henin is making a comeback to the WTA at age of 27 .Henin produced seven aces against Czink, breaking five times while losing her own serve on four occasions.

    Ivanovic also had her troubles with Pavlyuchenkova, slipping while up a set and 5-3 before also being forced to win a decider. "I like to do make things hard on myself," joked Ivanovic.

    The 2008 Paris champion who has never faced the Belgian said, "She's a good player who started to step up. I was happy to win in two sets. It will be awesome to play Justine. It will be a good test for me but I have my chances."



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