Venus advances easily

Updated: June 25, 2010, 7:33 PM ET
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WIMBLEDON, England -- Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters -- two Belgians making Wimbledon comebacks -- won in straight sets to set up Monday's fourth-round showdown.

Clijsters, seeded eighth, beat No. 27 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-3 on Friday. Henin, seeded 17th, defeated No. 12 Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-4.

Second-seeded Venus Williams beat Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-2 to reach the fourth round as well.

Clijsters and Henin will play each other for the 25th time -- but the first time in a Grand Slam since 2006. Their rivalry stands at 12-12 and has become friendlier over the years.

"It's obviously not the same as in the beginning," Clijsters said. "We've definitely grown up. We've had great times together playing Fed Cup and just messaging each other on phones, teasing each other, fun, you know, relax. I think that's how I would have liked it to have always been."

Both Belgians have mounted career comebacks from retirement. Clijsters last played at Wimbledon in 2006, Henin in 2007. Henin has seven Grand Slam titles and Clijsters two, but neither has won the Wimbledon crown.

Clijsters won their previous meetings this year in Brisbane and Key Biscayne.

Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, was down 3-1 in the first set Friday before taking control and ousting the 26th-seeded Russian.

Kleybanova put up a good fight in the set, which turned into a slugfest from the back of the court.

Williams took a tumble in the last game as she slipped on the grass, but appeared unscathed.

Williams will play the winner of the match between Australia's Jarmila Groth, who defeated German Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-5 for a berth in the quarterfinals.

No. 4 Jelena Jankovic beat No. 28 Alona Bondarenko 6-0, 6-3, and No. 11 Marion Bartoli, the 2007 runner-up, defeated Greta Arn 6-3, 6-4.

Williams and her sister Serena won their second-round doubles match, beating Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin 6-1, 7-6 (2).

Seeded No. 1, the Williams sisters are seeking their fifth consecutive Grand Slam doubles championship and 13th overall. They are seeded 1-2 in singles and still in contention for that title.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.