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Sharapova, Serena fall at Wimbledon

July 4, 2007 at 1:42 PM

WIMBLEDON, England, July 4 (UPI) -- Venus Williams beat Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-3, while Justin Henin eliminated Serena Williams, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at Wimbledon Wednesday.

Playing on Center Court, Venus Williams and Sharapova -- both former world No. 1s -- battled for 1 hour, 29 minutes, with an interruption during the second set due to rain. Russia's Sharapova, 20, committed six double faults and 21 unforced errors.

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She went into tournament seeded second, while Williams, 27, was seeded 23rd.

Venus Williams will face fifth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.

Henin, the top seed in the tournament, advanced to the semifinals with Wednesday's victory over the seventh-seeded Serena Williams. Henin will face 18th-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who advanced to her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal match with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, quarterfinal win Wednesday over No. 31 Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek.

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