Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne on collision course...again

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Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Belgian stalwarts and -Hardenne led the parade of quarterfinal winners Friday at the $1.3 million Swisscom Challenge tennis event.

The world No. 1 Clijsters clubbed Slovenian qualifier 6-3, 6-2, while the second-seeded Henin-Hardenne humbled seventh-seeded Russian 6-4, 6-2. Henin-Hardenne needed five match points to put away the talented Zvonareva.

Henin-Hardenne beat Clijsters in this year's all-Belgian French and U.S. Open finals, but Clijsters overcame Henin-Hardenne in last week's final in Filderstadt, which enabled Clijsters to maintain her world No. 1 ranking.

The 20-year-old Clijsters and 21-year-old Henin-Hardenne are one victory away from meeting in a seventh title match this season. Henin-Hardenne has beaten Clijsters in four-of-six championship matches this year, including Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows.

Clijsters' semifinal opponent on Saturday will be Serbia-Montenegro's , while Henin-Hardenne will encounter Russian French Open semifinalist .

Also on Friday, Henin-Hardenne announced that she pulled out of next week's Generali Ladies Linz event, citing exhaustion. Henin-Hardenne was last year's titlist in Linz and would have been the top seed in Austria.

In other quarterfinal action at Schluefweg Stadium, Dokic dismissed 2002 Zurich champion of Switzerland 6-0, 6-3 and Petrova pasted fellow Russian 6-1, 6-4. This marks Dokic's first trip to a semifinal since May.

Schnyder upset three-time Swisscom titlist in last year's final here.

The 2003 winner of this indoor-hardcourt tournament will claim $189,000.

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