Top two women upset at French Open


Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 12:35 a.m.
PARIS - Lindsay Davenport ran out of comebacks, losing Tuesday to Frenchwoman Mary Pierce in the quarterfinals at the French Open.
Pierce beat Davenport 6-3, 6-2 and advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal since winning at Roland Garros in 2000.
The No. 1-ranked Davenport had rallied after dropping the first set in three of her four previous matches, including a win over Kim Clijsters. But Pierce raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set, then overcame some shaky moments near the finish.
''I'm really shocked,'' said Pierce, seeded 21st. ''I did not think at all I would win this match as easily as I did. I beat the No. 1 in two sets.''
Davenport again came up short at the only major event she has yet to win, but it was her best showing at Roland Garros since 1999. She was the tournament's lone remaining American, male or female.
Justine Henin-Hardenne kept Maria Sharapova on the run and easily advanced to the semifinals, winning 6-4, 6-2. With drop shots, deft volleys and picturesque backhands, Henin-Hardenne had Sharapova staggering across the clay in vain pursuit.
It was a remarkable show of stamina by Henin-Hardenne less than 24 hours after she overcame two match points to win a 3-hour, 15-minute marathon against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
''My game is probably better than it has ever been,'' said Henin-Hardenne, whose three Grand Slam titles include the 2003 French Open. ''I was feeling great. ... I changed all my shots a lot, and that helped me to win the match pretty easily.''
Top-ranked Roger Federer and No. 4-seeded Rafael Nadal both advanced to the Roland Garros semifinals for the first time, setting up their much-anticipated showdown Friday - Nadal's 19th birthday.
Federer beat unseeded Victor Hanescu 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Nadal overcame three set points in the opening set and defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.

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