MELBOURNE, Australia -- Justine Henin has been eliminated in the third round of the Australian Open, losing 6-4, 7-6 (8) to Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday just a year after reaching the final in her comeback to Grand Slam tennis.
It was Henin's first loss in a major to Kuznetsova, the former French and U.S. Open champion, and her worst run at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon in 2005.
Henin was only weeks into a comeback from a career break from the tour when she lost the final last year to Serena Williams, the third time in four appearances that she'd reached the championship match at Melbourne. Her comeback season was derailed when she injured her right elbow at Wimbledon and didn't play again in 2010.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner put up quite a fight in this one.
Kuznetsova twice had chances to serve out the match but Henin broke her both times. In a fluctuating tiebreaker, Kuznetsova was ahead 6-4 before Henin sent a service return skidding down the line and took the next point. She netted a forehand to give Kuznetsova another match point at 8-7 but again hit a powerful forehand service return winner.
Henin finally lost when she sent a forehand wide, giving Kuznetsova only her third win in 19 head-to-head meetings.
In the previous match on center court, Caroline Wozniacki beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-3 to avenge last week's loss in a tuneup tournament.
Wozniacki, playing her first Grand Slam as the world No. 1, is seeking her first major win.
"I am happy I got the revenge since I lost to her in Sydney last week; It was not an easy match; She went out there, she was really on fire; You know, I'm happy to be through to the next round," the 20-year-old Danish player said.
French Open champion Francesca Schiavone also moved on, beating Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-0, 7-6 (2). No. 9 Li Na of China, who reached the semifinals here last year before losing in two tiebreak sets against Williams, advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Novak Djokovic only had to play one set in the third round to advance. The 2008 Australian champion was leading Viktor Troicki 6-2 when his Serbian Davis Cup teammate retired due to a stomach muscle strain.
Djokovic next plays No. 14 Nicolas Almagro, who beat No. 17 Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 7-6 (8), 6-3.
Andy Roddick overcame a slow start before powering to victory against Robin Haase, hitting 32 aces in a 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2 victory.
"He was playing great early on," Roddick said. "The biggest thing was just to turn it around in the second set."
Agassi in Hall
LAS VEGAS -- The sport that has given Andre Agassi everything is giving him something more.
The baseliner known for his aggressive returns and career Grand Slam announced that he will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, telling hundreds of students at a prep school he runs in Las Vegas that tennis has given him much more than eight major titles.
"Tennis has given me everything in my life," Agassi said.
Agassi is married to Steffi Graf, who entered the Newport, R.I., hall in 2004. He will be inducted on July 9.