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Venus set to face Henin-Hardenne


SPECIAL REPORT
• Olympics 2004: Special report 

ATHENS, Greece -- Defending Olympic champion Venus Williams and world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne were drawn to face each other in a potential quarterfinal at the Olympic tournament in Athens.

American Williams, seeded sixth, begins her campaign against wildcard Hungarian Melinda Czink while Belgian Henin-Hardenne faces Czech Barbora Strycova, ranked 66th in the world.

In the men's event, world number one Roger Federer was drawn against Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

The Swiss player, beaten in the bronze medal match in Sydney four years ago, could face a tricky quarterfinal against Argentine sixth seed David Nalbandian.

American second seed Andy Roddick begins his campaign against Flavio Saretta of Brazil and is scheduled to face Sebastien Grosjean of France if both reach the last eight.

Roddick however was given a tough passage to the later stages with a possible second round match against either German Tommy Haas or Croatian Mario Ancic .

In other potential quarterfinal pairings, fourth seed Tim Henman of Great Britain would face fifth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and Spanish third seed Carlos Moya would meet seventh-seeded German Rainer Schuettler.

The women's draw has been hit this week by the withdrawals of top American players Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati due to injuries.

Second seed Amelie Mauresmo of France faces a tough opener against 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez of Spain. Mauresmo is scheduled to meet fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the last eight.

Russian third seed Anastasia Myskina is scheduled to face seventh seed Paola Suarez of Argentina while fourth seed Elena Dementieva, another Russian medal hope, would face eighth seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan.


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