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Women's Tennis: Davenport,Clijsters Face Off in Pacific Life Tournament Finals


Two former champions: reigning world number one Lindsay Davenport of the United States and Belgium's Kim Clijsters - meet on the tennis court Saturday in the women's final of the Pacific Life tournament in Indian Wells, California.

Davenport is looking for her third title at Indian Wells, after losing in the finals the last two years, including in 2003 to Clijsters. Last year, she lost to another Belgian, Justine Henin-Hardenne. Davenport won the event in 2000 and 1997.

The top seeded American advanced to the finals Friday without dropping a game in her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Wimbledon champion and third seed Maria Sharapova of Russia. The loss snapped Sharapova's 12-match winning streak.

The former world number one ranked Clijsters reached the second final of her comeback from wrist surgery by defeating fourth seed Russian Elena Dementieva in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

In men's quarterfinal action, American ninth seed Andre Agassi withdrew from his match with second seed Lleyton Hewitt of Australia due to a toe injury.

Hewitt automatically advanced to the semifinals where he will take on number three seed Andy Roddick of the United States.

The hard serving American took three sets to down seventh seeded Spaniard Carlos Moya 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 late Friday in their round of eight match.

Number one Roger Federer of Switzerland meets 14th seed Guillermo Canas of Argentina in the other semifinal Saturday.

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