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Tennis: Henin-Hardenne, Kuznetsova Advance to Finals of French Open


Two-time French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium and former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia have advanced to the finals of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris.

Henin-Hardenne, the fifth seed, scored a straight-set win over second-seeded compatriot Kim Clijsters, 6-3, 6-2. Kuznetsova, the eighth seed, scored a three-set win over 17-year-old Czech player Nicole Vaidisova, 5-7, 7-6, 6-2.

Henin-Hardenne is the clear favorite in Saturday's final. Kuznetsova has only one win and 10 losses against the Belgian all time.

The men's semifinals are Friday with world number one player Roger Federer of Switzerland facing David Nalbandian of Argentina, while defending champ Rafael Nadal of Spain plays Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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