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US Open: Venus, Clijsters set for quarters showdown

Venus has won six of their nine meetings, but Clijsters triumphed in their last clash, in the final at Stanford earlier this summer.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2005 11:58 IST

Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and fourth seed Kim Clijsters, the tournament favourite, will square off in a highly anticipated quarter-final at the US Open on Tuesday.

Neither player has dropped a set en route to the last eight, with Venus having beaten her sister Serena in the previous round and Belgian Clijsters, who is still looking to win her first grand slam title, losing just 14 games on her way to the quarter-finals.

Venus has won six of their nine meetings, but Clijsters triumphed in their last clash, in the final at Stanford earlier this summer.

Top seed Maria Sharapova will be making her first quarter-final appearance at Flushing Meadows when she takes on fellow Russian Nadia Petrova, the ninth seed, in Tuesday's other quarter-final.

In the men's event, top seed and defending champion Roger Federer headlines the action as he takes on German Nicolas Kiefer in the fourth round.

Third seed and former champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia meets Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty, the 15th seed, while 11th seed David Nalbandian of Argentina faces unseeded Italian Davide Sanguinetti.

Two other unseeded players, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and Finn Jarkko Nieminen face each other in the last fourth-round battle.

First Published: Sep 06, 2005 11:58 IST