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Tennis: Mauresmo to Face Sharapova in Wimbledon Women's Semifinals


Amelie Mauresmo of France will meet Maria Sharapova of Russia in the semifinals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, while Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters will face off in an all-Belgian duel in the other final-four match.

The fourth-seeded Sharapova earned the first semifinal slot Tuesday, as she defeated seventh-seeded countrywoman Elena Dementieva, 6-1, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. On Thursday the 2004 Wimbledon champion faces world number-one and top-seed Amelie Mauresmo, who got by number-nine Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Third-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium, who is trying to win the only Grand Slam title that has eluded her, beat French qualifier Severine Bremond, 6-4, 6-4. That sets up a semifinal matchup against second-seeded countrywoman Kim Clijsters, who eliminated Li Na of China, 6-4, 7-5. Li was the first Chinese player to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam.

Wednesday is men's quarterfinal day at Wimbledon. Top-seeded world number-one Roger Federer of Switzerland faces a tall challenge as he takes on one-meter-95 Mario Ancic.

The Croatian was the last player to beat Federer at the All England Club with a first-round victory in 2002. Federer hasn't lost on grass since, winning an Open-era record 45 consecutive matches on the surface.

Federer or Ancic will face the winner of the match between number-14 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic and unseeded Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain faces number-22 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in a matchup between two left-handed players. Both are making their first Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance.

Sixth-seeded 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia will be challenged by number-18 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, and AP .

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