Williams and Mauresmo on collision course

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Serena Williams and Amelie Mauresmo moved a step closer to another Wimbledon semi-final showdown.

Williams and Mauresmo on collision course

London :

Serena Williams and Amelie Mauresmo moved a step closer to another Wimbledon semi-final showdown when both scored straight sets wins in their fourth round ties. Top seed and defending champion Williams of the United States saw off the teen challenge of France's Tatiana Golovin 6-2, 6-1. Mauresmo of France had her usual slow start but moved into top gear to defeat Italian veteran Silvia Farina Elia 7-5, 6-3. Joining them in the last eight was Jennifer Capriati who defeated Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-4, 6-4 in a bruising encounter on No. 1 court. Williams next plays old rival Capriati in the quarter-finals while Mauresmo goes up against Argentina's Paola Suarez who defeated Italy's Rita Grande 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. It was a tough Center Court lesson for the 16-year-old Golovin in her nothing-to-lose tie against Williams. Ranked 50 in the world, the Wimbledon debutant, racked by nerves on her first appearance on the famous show court, was simply overpowered by the American champion. In a first set, which lasted just 27 minutes, Williams allowed the French teenager just four points off her service. She could even afford the luxury of dropping her serve in the fifth game before she raced away with the next four. (AFP)



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