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Last Updated: Friday, 5 September, 2003, 00:32 GMT 01:32 UK
Clijsters crushes Mauresmo
Women's quarter-finals - day 11

Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters shrugged off the rain delays to sweep past Amelie Mauresmo as the four favourites made the US Open semi-finals.

After three days of rain, and more delays early on Thursday, the four women's quarter-finals were all over quickly as the big names progressed.

World number one Clijsters was in ruthless mood and Mauresmo did not help her cause with a string of errors, having returned with a 3-0 deficit.

A wild forehand on match point handed Clijsters a 6-1 6-4 victory, and the Belgian was delighted to make the last four.

"It's definitely a great feeling," said Clijsters. "Making the quarter-finals was already better than last year. That was already nice."

And she admitted that she was relieved to get the match played after the confusion over the schedule.

I am sure the crowd will be against me tomorrow
Clijsters on meeting Davenport
"It was hard," she said. "Today at 1430 they tell us we will be scheduled for the night match. I decided to stay here and try to get some sleep or some rest.

"You have to try not to worry about the weather."

Clijsters now meets meets Lindsay Davenport after the American, seeded third, saw off Paola Suarez of Argentina 6-4 6-0.

"It will be very tough," said the Belgian.

"I've had some really good matches against her. I am sure the crowd will be against me tomorrow but I'm sure it will be a great atmosphere."

Fellow Belgian and second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne will meet sixth seed Jennifer Capriati in the second semi-final after both had straightforward wins.

Henin-Hardenne beat Russia's Anastasia Myskina 6-2 6-3, while Capriati stormed past Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-1 6-3.

"It would be a great thing to reach the final but I've just got to concentrate on tomorrow," said Capriati.

"She (Henin-Hardenne) is playing great tennis and I know I will have to be at my best. This is what you work for.

"Being in the semi-finals and playing here at night, I should feel really pumped up."

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