Justine Henin and Lleyton Hewitt both made winning returns from injury to leave their Hopman Cup tie finely poised in Perth. Former world number one Henin, in her first match since picking up a career-threatening elbow injury six months ago, overcame Alicia Molik 6-4 6-4 to put Belgium 1-0 up against Australia. “It’s my first match in a few months and I’m coming back from nowhere with the elbow injury so at least it wasn’t an easy opponent to play first,” the world number 12 told hopmancup.com. “She changed the rhythm a lot and on my serve I had to work very hard to try to serve with no pain.
“It’s feeling much better and I won, which is the most important thing. I still can’t play 100 per cent free of pain, but it’s getting better. “A few weeks ago I really didn’t know if I was going to be able to play in Australia and I’ve been working so hard, and I’m glad that I’m almost there. Now I have to build my confidence back and find the rhythm of matches again.” However, Belgium’s lead did not last long as Hewitt – in his first competitive action since hurting his hand in September – got the hosts back on level terms with a 6-4 6-3 triumph over Ruben Bemelmans.
In the doubles the Aussie pair came back after losing the first set 6-1 to win in a tie breaker.