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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2007, 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK
Henin back with win in Stuttgart
Justine Henin
Henin showed no signs of rustiness on her return
Justine Henin returned to action for the first time since winning the US Open with a 6-4 6-1 win over Dinara Safina at the Porsche Grand Prix.

The Belgian world number one took nearly a month off after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in New York for her seventh career grand slam title.

Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic failed to join her in the last eight, losing 6-2 1-6 6-3 to qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko.

Serb third seed Jelena Jankovic fought back to beat Shahar Peer 4-6 6-1 6-3.

Henin took just a little time to warm up, eventually making the decisive break in game seven of the first set.

She broke again at the start of the second set and completed a comfortable win in 74 minutes.

"I had a nice long rest after the US Open, and this was a very good first match back for me," said Henin.



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