(adds Bartoli retirement)
By Mark Ledsom
ZURICH Oct 19 World number one Justine Henin
brushed aside Polish teenager Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-2 in the
quarter-finals of the Zurich Open on Friday to maintain her
incredible run this year.
Henin has reached the semi-finals of all 13 tournaments she
has participated in, winning eight trophies.
"The last time I wasn't in a semi-final was in Miami in
(April) 2006 so that's a pretty long time," the Belgian told
"But I'm not playing for records. I'm just loving my
Henin's chances of winning her ninth title of the season
were boosted further on Friday by the retirement through injury
of second-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova and French ninth
seed Marion Bartoli.
Their withdrawals left the Belgian as the only seed still
involved in the event.
"There was a bit of frustration in the first set because I
couldn't get a good rhythm," said Henin after securing her 17th
successive win on the tour.
"She was serving pretty slow so it was tough for me to come
in and play aggressive. But in the second set it was like the
machine just switched on."
Kuznetsova and Bartoli became the latest casualties of a
tournament that has seen four top players retire hurt.
World number two Kuznetsova pulled out of her meeting with
Italy's Francesca Schiavone with a shoulder injury while
trailing 3-6 3-3.
Bartoli then left the court in tears after abandoning her
match against compatriot Tatiana Golovin, immediately after
breaking to take a 5-4 lead with serve in the first set.
Organisers said the ninth seed had injured her left knee,
apparently while overstretching on her forehand, and would see a
doctor on Saturday.
Kuznetsova said her own injury would not jeopardise her
place in next month's season-ending WTA championships.
"It's not that serious, I just need some time off because
the muscle was getting very tired and I couldn't lift my arm
up," Kuznetsova told reporters.
"In the second set I could get it together but I was
thinking, 'What's the point?'. If I had won the second set I
wouldn't have been able to finish the match."
Henin next plays Czech world number 15 Nicole Vaidisova, who
defeated Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko 6-1 6-4.
Schiavone and Golovin, the direct beneficiaries of Friday's
two retirements, meet in Saturday's second semi-final.