Henin-Hardenne avenged a 2004 upset win by Tathiana GarbinBenneteau beat Radek Stepanek, while Peer put out Dementieva
PARIS: Australia's Lleyton Hewitt eliminated No. 22 Dominik Hrbaty 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-2 to move into the men's singles fourth round at the French Open on Saturday.
Hewitt, the fourteenth seed, who has been hampered by calf and ankle injuries, was encouraged by his progress playing only his fourth match since early April.
In women's play, Justine Henin-Hardenne, fighting off flashbacks, avenged a 2004 upset defeat by winning the final nine games to defeat Tathiana Garbin 6-4, 6-0.
Henin-Hardenne was ranked No. 1 when Garbin beat her the last time they met, in the second round of the 2004 tournament.
Respect for Myskina
Seeded fifth, defending champion Henin-Hardenne is bidding to win the title for the third time in four years. Her opponent on Sunday will be the 2004 winner Anastasia Myskina, who beat No. 19 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-3.
"She's someone you can never write off," Henin-Hardenne said. "She has won a Grand Slam. She has experience that not many players have on tour."
While the two former champions advanced, Sharar Peer and Julien Benneteau reached the round of 16 at a major event for the first time.
The 19-year-old Peer, seeded 31st, upset 2004 runner-up Elena Dementieva 6-4, 7-5. On the men's side, Benneteau beat No. 11 Radek Stepanek 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(8), 6-3.
Meanwhile on Friday, one bad game forced Roger Federer to work overtime. Serving for the match in the third set, he was broken at love, then lost the ensuing tie-breaker. That meant another 46 minutes of tense tennis before he beat Nicolas Massu 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5.
In mixed doubles, the Australian Open champion pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Martina Hingis breezed into the second round with a facile 7-5, 6-2 win against the Aussie-Swede duo of Stephen Huss and Sofia Arvidsson.
The Indo-Swiss duo took time to get into their rhythm as Huss and Arvidsson put up a defiant show in the first set.
But once Bhupathi and Hingis got a hang of the things in the middle, they started dictating terms and conceded only two games in the second set before sealing the match in their favour.