Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters each cantered to victory at Wimbledon today to set up the an eye-catching all-Belgian fourth-round clash.
Eighth-seed Clijsters fulfilled her part of the bargain by beating Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-3, while Henin, the 17th seed, saw off Nadia Petrova 6-1 6-4 in her first appearance on Centre Court in three years.
Since ending their periods in retirement, Clijsters and Henin pair have met twice, with Clijsters winning tough three-setters on both occasions.
Venus Williams was made to scrap before securing a straight-sets victory over Alisa Kleybanova.
Big-hitting Kleybanova forced the first break of the match to move into an early advantage but had no answer as second seed Williams settled into her rhythm to claim a 6-4 6-2 win and a last-16 encounter with Slovakia's Jarmila Groth, who defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3 7-5.
Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic ended the ambitions of Alona Bondarenko with a ruthless demolition on Court Two.
Jankovic was taken to three sets by Aleksandra Wozniak in the second round but she was on top throughout against Bondarenko, sealing a 6-0 6-3 win.
Jankovic will next face the 21st-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who triumphed 6-4 6-2 over Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer, the 15th seed.
Eleventh seed Marion Bartoli of France, the runner-up at SW19 in 2007, dispatched Hungarian qualifier Greta Arn 6-3 6-3 to line up a fourth-round clash with Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, a 6-4 6-2 victor against Regina Kulikova of Russia.