Top 4 make women's semis

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- The Wimbledon seeding committee got this one just right.

The top four seeded players advanced to the women's semifinals at Wimbledon: No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, No. 2 Kim Clijsters, No. 3 Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 4 Maria Sharapova.

It's only the fifth time in 25 years that the semis have featured the elite four.

On Thursday, 2004 champion Sharapova will play Mauresmo, and Clijsters will face Henin-Hardenne in the 20th career match between the Belgian rivals. This will be their first meeting at Wimbledon. Henin-Hardenne leads 4-2 at other Grand Slams.

Neither player has lost a set in five matches at this tournament. Clijsters beat China's Li Na, 6-4, 7-5 in the quarterfinals Tuesday, while Henin-Hardenne downed French qualifier Severine Bremond, 6-4, 6-4.


A light drizzle interrupted the first two men's quarterfinals in the first set today. The delay was the first since rain prevented any matches from being completed on opening day.

Three-time defending champion Roger Federer was playing Croatia's Mario Ancic, the last man to beat him on grass, and Jonas Bjorkman was facing Radek Stepanek.

Those matches were to be followed by 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt against Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis, and French Open champion Rafael Nadal against Jarkko Nieminen.

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