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Chinese survivor adds novelty to last eight

Written by: Staff
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LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) Two players will stand out from a crowd of familiar faces on women's quarter-finals day at Wimbledon today.

Li Na, the first Chinese player to reach a grand slam quarter-final, faces Belgian Kim Clijsters in the second match on Centre Court.

Over on court one France's 26-year-old Severine Bremond, ranked 129th in the world, has the daunting task of taking on French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne.

It would be a major shock if either Belgian failed to get through and meet in the semi-finals.

The other two quarter-finals are more difficult to predict.

Maria Sharapova, still trying to follow her 2004 triumph, clashes with fellow Russian Elena Dementieva while world number one Amelie Mauresmo plays another Russian, Anastasia Myskina.

''I'm ready for it. I know her very well,'' Mauresmo, still searching for an elusive Wimbledon singles title, told reporters looking ahead to the match, a repetition of last year's quarter-final won by Mauresmo.

''She knows me very well also, so I'm expecting a tough one.'' REUTERS PM KN0909

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