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Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne Advance

June 18, 2003

ROSMALEN, Netherlands (AP) _ Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne reached the Ordina Open quarterfinals, moving a step closer to a rematch of their all-Belgian final at the French Open.

Amelie Mauresmo did not fare as well. The third-seeded Frenchwoman lost to Germany’s Barbara Rittner 6-7 (1), 6-0, 7-5 in the second round.

Clijsters, seeded first, lost the first three games Wednesday but defeated Zimbabwe’s Cara Black 6-4, 6-4. Henin-Hardenne, seeded second, downed Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo 6-4, 6-3. In Paris this month, Henin-Hardenne beat Clijsters 6-0, 6-4 for the title.

Among the men, second-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand lost to Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-4 in the second round. Paradorn has won only one match since the first round of the German Open in April _ his victory Monday over Paul Logtens.

Third-seeded Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands routed Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-0, 6-0, and sixth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain beat Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

In other women’s matches, fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia, the 2002 losing finalist, downed Els Callens of Belgium 6-2, 6-1; fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia topped Stephanie Cohen Aloro of France, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0; and sixth-seeded Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan defeated Anca Barna of Germany 6-3, 6-3.

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