France vs Australia in Olympic women'stennis semis

20th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

ATHENS, Aug 19 (AFP) - French second seed Amelie Mauresmo overcame stubborn Russian fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2 and now plays Australia's Alicia Molik in the Olympic women's tennis tournament semi-finals.

ATHENS, Aug 19 (AFP) - French second seed Amelie Mauresmo overcame stubborn Russian fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2 and now plays Australia's Alicia Molik in the Olympic women's tennis tournament semi-finals.

Molik, who captured her second career title last week in Stockholm, powered her way into the semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Japan's Ai Sugiyama.

The Australian beat Mauresmo 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round in the San Diego tour event three weeks ago after losing to her in the Australian Open in January.

"I'm not surprised she's got this far," Mauresmo said of Molik.

"She was really solid at San Diego when she beat me. But I'm pleased to have another shot at her."

The 23rd-ranked Molik has now defeated three of the world's top 15 players in the last three weeks.

And she was ready for Mauresmo.

"I'm on a roll now. I'm feeling pretty good. I've got to go out and be aggressive, hit the ball, hit my serves, run with what's working," she said.

And a gold medal? "Yeah, absolutely."

She beat world No.2 Mauresmo in San Diego, opened her Olympic campaign with victory over sixth-ranked Elena Dementieva of Russia, the French Open finalist, and on Thursday beat Sugiyama, currently the world No.13.

Molik is also in contention for a doubles medal.

She teams up with Rennae Stubbs later on Thursday against Chinese pair Tian Tian Sun and Ting Li for another spot in the semi-finals.

The loser of the semi-finals plays in the bronze medal match.

© AFP

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