September 6, 2006

Mauresmo, Henin-Hardenne aim for semi-finals

By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top seed Amelie Mauresmo bids to move
a step closer to her third grand slam title of the year when
she plays Russian 12th seed Dinara Safina on Wednesday for a
place in the semi-finals.

After only one match was completed on Tuesday because of
rain, the women's semi-final line-up will be decided with two
men's quarter-finals and four fourth-round matches to be

Mauresmo takes on Safina after beating twice former
champion Serena Williams in the fourth round.

The world number one is hoping to win her third grand slam
title this year following victories over Justine Henin-Hardenne
in the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals.

Second seed Henin-Hardenne takes on former champion Lindsay
Davenport for the right to meet 19th seed Jelena Jankovic, and
third seed Maria Sharapova faces French 27th seed Tatiana

In the men's event, former champions Andy Roddick and
Lleyton Hewitt square off for a place in the semi-finals.

Their match is a repeat of the 2001 quarter-final which
Hewitt won in five sets. The Australian has won six of their
eight career matches, although Roddick won the most recent, in
Cincinnati last year.

Second seed Rafael Nadal, in the quarter-finals for the
first time, takes on Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the day's other

In fourth-round action, top seed Roger Federer will
continue his bid to win a third consecutive U.S. Open title
when he takes on little-known Frenchman Marc Giquel.

Giquel upset 21st seed Gaston Gaudio in the third round but
world number one Federer has not dropped a set in his first
three matches and is well on course to follow John McEnroe and
Ivan Lendl in winning three straight years at Flushing Meadows.

Fifth seed James Blake bids to reach the quarter-finals for
the second year in succession when he faces Tomas Berdych of
the Czech Republic.

Scottish teenager Andy Murray has an uphill battle if he is
to reach the last eight of a grand-slam event for the first
time when he resumes his match with Russian Nikolay Davydenko,
trailing the seventh seed two sets to one.

Another Russian, former champion Marat Safin, resumes 2-1
up with a break against German 14th seed Tommy Haas.