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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tursunov Maintains Jinx Over Henman

APTursunov returning the ball against Britain's Tim Henman during second-round play Thursday at Roland Garros.
PARIS -- British involvement in the French Open singles ended on Thursday when Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who had led by two sets overnight, completed a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Tim Henman.

An edgy Justine Henin-Hardenne beat the rain to slip through to the third round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Belarussian Anastasia Yakimova.

Men's seeds Lleyton Hewitt and Tommy Robredo progressed but Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis lost in five sets before rain caused play to be suspended around lunchtime.

And former champion Anastasia Myskina eased past Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round. The Russian 10th seed, winner of the tournament in 2004, next faces 19th seed Ana Ivanovic.

Henman, a surprise semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2004, lost to Tursunov at both Wimbledon last year and the Australian Open in January. Compatriots Andy Murray and Greg Rusedski both lost in the first round.

Though he produced a vastly improved performance on Thursday, Henman was still smarting from the suspension of the match on Wednesday evening because of bad light.

"It was just a shambles," said Henman, who was warned for swearing in the second set on Wednesday night.

"The decision-making was non-existent. I think the darkest point was at the beginning of the second set. I wanted that sort of quantified -- what is good light, what is bad light?

"[The supervisor] said, 'Well, we're playing on all the other courts.' So I said: 'Does that make the light acceptable?' He said: 'We use our experience.'

"And then at the beginning of the third set, it's the lightest it's been for three-quarters of an hour and then he says: 'No, we stop now, we've stopped on all the other courts.'

"I really wasn't that bothered whether we carried on. Not a lot was going right so I was happy to stop.

"But then you come back in the locker room and there's five courts that were playing for another half an hour. So it was just a bit of a circus really."

Playing on her 24th birthday, defending champion Henin-Hardenne was short of her best against 19-year-old Yakimova on center court in a match played in steadily worsening weather.

The fifth seed took the first set comfortably enough but lost control of the second, and the match looked certain to go into a decider when Yakimova held three set points at 5-4, 40-0.

However, Henin-Hardenne saved all three, the last with an audacious drop shot that left Yakimova sprawling.

The Belgian, who also won the claycourt Grand Slam in 2003, sealed victory two games later when Yakimova sent a wild forehand long as rain tumbled onto center court.

"It's like Belgium in November," Henin-Hardenne said. "The conditions were awkward today, and that created some highs and lows in the match.

"The balls were very heavy at the end, so I'm happy to be in the third round."

Men's 14th seed Lleyton Hewitt saved a set point before beating Frenchman Mathieu Montcourt 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

The Australian showed little sign of his ankle problem, and if the former world No. 1 wins his third round match, he is in line to meet defending champion Rafael Nadal in round four.

Montcourt, ranked 213, recovered from 4-1 down in the first set to lead 5-4 before Hewitt hit back, and he eventually won comfortably in the first match on center court.

"Coming in here a week ago I wasn't sure if I'd be able to play, so it's obviously good to be through to the third round," said Hewitt, twice a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros.

"I haven't wasted a lot of energy so far, got matches under my belt. We'll see what happens from here, though."

Nadal tackles American lucky loser Kevin Kim later on Thursday.

Another Spanish contender, seventh seed Tommy Robredo, completed a four-set win over Serbian Ilia Bozoljac, having led by two sets overnight.

Czech 11th seed Radek Stepanek hammered Davide Sanguinetti of Italy 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 to reach round three and equal his best performance at a Grand Slam.