Williams Sisters Advance, Kuznetsova Ousted

APJustine Henin-Hardenne, right, shaking hands with Svetlana Kuznetsova after the Belgian's straight-sets victory in Tuesday's quarterfinal on Wimbledon's No. 2 court.
WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams overcame an erratic start Tuesday to beat Jennifer Capriati for the eighth consecutive time, winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Defending champion Williams will next face Justine Henin-Hardenne, an upset winner in their French Open semifinal four weeks ago.

"I have no nerves, I've been in this position so many times," Williams said.

Henin-Hardenne, seeded third, beat No. 33 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2.

Williams joined her older sister in the semifinals. Venus Williams, the Wimbledon champion in 2000 and 2001, won the final five games and the last 11 points to beat No. 5 Lindsay Davenport 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Like her sister, Venus will play a Belgian in the semifinals -- Kim Clijsters, who overcame a bee sting to rally past No. 27 Silvia Farina Elia 5-7, 6-0, 6-1.

At one point midway through her match, Serena Williams had committed 20 unforced errors to four for Capriati. But the top-seeded Williams became more patient and steady, winning one rally that lasted 28 strokes, and swept seven consecutive games to take the lead for good.

"She had to play her best tennis there to raise her game completely to beat me," Capriati said. "I don't think I gave her the match. She had to step it up."

There were numerous long rallies, and Williams described them as "fantastic."

"I enjoyed them all," she said. "I didn't win them all, but I definitely enjoyed them because it gets me focused for the big players. I know what I'm up against."

In the completion of the final fourth-round match, suspended Monday night because of darkness, No. 13-seeded Sebastien Grosjean beat French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7-3).

Grosjean, whose win left the men's quarterfinals with no former Grand Slam champion, will play No. 10 Tim Henman on Wednesday.

Seeking to end a nine-match losing streak against the Williams sisters, the No. 8-seeded Capriati started fast, moving well and keeping her opponent deep. She broke for a 2-1 lead, then again when Williams committed three consecutive unforced errors to make it 5-2.

But Williams began to find the range with her serve and groundstrokes. Beginning at 2-2 in the second set, Williams turned dominant, winning that set and racing to a 3-0 in the next.

Capriati made one last charge. She won a 31-shot rally and held serve to trail 5-3, then had two break points in the next game. But Williams erased them and closed the victory with a backhand volley that Capriati couldn't handle.

A jubilant Williams shrieked and raised her arms.

Venus Williams dropped a set for the first time in the tournament but still improved to 25-1 at Wimbledon over the past four years.

Williams led 2-0 in the first set when play was suspended for 1 hour, 22 minutes because of rain. Davenport won the first two games when the match resumed, before Williams regained control and won four games in a row to take the set.

Three times in the set Williams held at love. She was broken in the opening game of the second set, however, and Davenport staged a rally thanks to excellent serving. With three consecutive service winners in the final game of the set, she evened the match.

But the 1999 champion couldn't recover after she lost her serve to fall behind 3-1 in the final set. She hasn't beaten Williams since 2000 and trails the rivalry 12-10.

Clijsters was stung on the stomach by a bee during her opening set -- the first she has lost in the tournament. But she won nine consecutive games to take control and closed the victory with three aces in the final game.