* Henin beats Peer in straight sets
* Belgian lost finals in Brisbane and Australia Open
(adds quotes, Stosur result)
STUTTGART, May 1 Justine Henin reached her third
final in fourth months since her comeback when she brushed aside
Shahar Peer in her semi-final at Stuttgart's indoor clay
tournament on Saturday.
The Belgian wild card, warming up for her first appearance
at Roland Garros since winning her fourth French Open title
there in 2007, won 6-3 6-2 and will meet Samantha Stosur in
The Australian, seeded seven, beat Russian qualifier Anna
Lapushchenkova 7-5 6-3.
Henin has already reached the finals at Brisbane and the
Australian Open since returning to action in January following a
19-month break from the game.
Peer hit back from an early service break to level at 2-2
but after that had little answer to the ruthless Henin, whose
only problem was with her first serve.
"It has been a great performance," Henin told reporters.
"I feel really comfortable at the moment and am enjoying
being on the court, especially at one of my favourite
"My coach will nevertheless tell me first about the mistakes
I made. But he'll also say that I was good enough today. And
that I'm better when I'm playing aggressively and going to the
"My quarter-final was long and intense. I was a little tired
especially as I didn't sleep that well. But physically, I was
World number 10 Stosur continued her unbeaten record on clay
this year against the rank outsider.
"I had a little bit of trouble at the start," she said.
"There were hardly any rallies and I couldn't really get
into the match.
"Anna made me work hard and I had difficulties working out
how to play her. It wasn't easy today."
(Editing by Justin Palmer)