Henin suffers defeat in German Open Tennis

BERLIN: World number one Justine Henin was sent crashing out of the German Open by Russia's Dinara Safina.

The Belgian, playing only her second match following a month off with a knee injury, went down 5-7 6-3 6-1.

There was another shock as third seed Kuznetsova lost 1-6 6-2 6-2 to Alona Bondarenko, but Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 6-1.

Second-seeded Ana Ivanovic won through 7-5 4-6 5-4 against Sybille Bammer, while Jelena Jankovic, the fourth seed, beat Martia Kirilenko 6-2 6-4 and seventh seed Elena Dementieva downed Vera Dushevina 7-5 6-3.