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Henin-Hardenne suffers early Miami exit

Written by: Staff

MIAMI, Mar 24 (Reuters) Justine Henin-Hardenne became the highest-seeded casualty at the Nasdaq-100 Open after she was beaten 7-5 6-4 by American Meghann Shaughnessy in the second round today.

The third-seeded Belgian, who had won all three of her previous meetings against the American, suffered only her third defeat of the season.

The 2006 Australian Open runner-up was broken seven times and committed 27 unforced errors in a match lasting just over two hours.

Shaughnessy next plays Sofia Arvidsson after the Swede defeated Stephanie Foretz of France 6-4 7-5.

Six-times champion Andre Agassi withdrew with a chronic back injury before his opening match against Belgium's Christophe Rochus. He, however, vowed to return once he is healthy.

''It's been the same story for little while,'' the 35-year-old told reporters.

''There are a couple of good days followed by a series of difficult ones.

''It has been frustrating and exhausting, this whole process of trying to push myself through just a few events this year.'' Agassi has been plagued by the problem for the past few seasons and requires several pain-killing injections a year.

Reuters DH VP0040

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