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Henin crashes out in Germany


World No1 Justine Henin was dumped out of the German Open yesterday, losing 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to 13th seed Dinara Safina of Russia in the third round.

The Belgian top seed had won all five previous meetings against the powerful Safina, sister of former men's world No1 Marat Safin, but was broken eight times on the clay at the Steffi Graf stadium and looked well short of her best.

A three times winner in Berlin and four times French Open champion, Henin was playing a tournament on her favourite clay surface for the first time this year as she prepares to defend her title in Paris starting at the end of this month.

The Belgian misses out on a likely clash with Serena Williams in the last eight.