Henin helps Belgium sweep Kazakhstan at Hopman Cup

PERTH (Agencies) - Seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin beat Sesil Kartantcheva 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday to help Belgium sweep Kazakhstan at Hopman Cup. The win kept alive Belgium's hopes of reaching Saturday's final after an opening loss to Australia in Group A. Kazakhstan was eliminated after its second straight 3-0 loss, the first to Serbia. Karatantcheva was brought in overnight to replace Yaroslava Shvedova, who withdrew after injuring her knee against Ana Ivanovic on Sunday. This was Henin's first appearance at the Hopman Cup, having chosen last year to play at the Brisbane International, where the former world No. 1 lost to fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in the final. "It's my first time in Perth and it's a great experience," Henin said. "I wait 28 years to come here, but maybe I'll come back next year, who knows. I love to play in Australia, they have a sports culture, it's just great." Karatantcheva, who reached the French Open quarterfinals in 2005 before serving a two-year ban for testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone, rallied briefly to go up 3-1 in the second set. But Henin bounced back to take the set and match.

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