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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (TICKER) -- On Thursday, qualifiers Daniela Hantuchova and Marie-Giane Mikaelian were flying high. On Friday, they were grounded by seeded Americans Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati.

The youngsters were no match for two of the hardest hitters in women's tennis, who advanced to the semnifinals of the $1.19 million Swisscom Challenge.

Hantuchova, a native of Slovakia, actually surprised Davenport by winning the first set. But the third seed quickly regrouped and completed a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 trouncing to improve to 32-5 this year.

Mikaelian, a resident of Switzerland, put up very little fight in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Capriati, the second seed. She had been 4-0 in quarterfinals this year.

Capriati and Davenport will meet in one semifinal Saturday and seeds Jelena Dokic of Yugoslvia and Nathalie Tauziat of France will square off in the other.

Both Hantuchova and Mikaelian upset seeds in the first round. Hantuchova knocked off No. 6 Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States and Mikaelian surprised No. 7 Elena Dementieva of Russia.

But the were no surprises Friday. With the late withdrawal of top seed and defending champion Martina Hingis, the top four remaining seeds advanced to the final four.

Capriati's dream season continued Monday when she ascended to the top spot in the rankings. She has won Australian and French Open among her three titles and has reached the final in four other events.

Looking for her sixth title of 2001 and second in succession, Davenport continued her dominance here as she won for the 13th time in 14 matches. She captured consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998 before losing a year ago in the final to Hingis.

The fourth-seeded Dokic got past No. 8 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). She is searching for her fourth title of the season, having captured the Kremlin Cup two weeks ago.

Tauziat needed a pair of tiebreakers to bounce ninth-seeded compatriot Sandrine Testud, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4). Tauziat captured her eighth career title at the DFS Classic grasscourt event at Birmingham, England in June.

Testud was moved into Hingis' spot in the original draw.
 
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