Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - World No. 1 and four-time U.S. Open
titlist Serena Williams breezed past Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-1 on Friday to
move into the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
The reigning U.S. and French Open champ Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam
winner, needed just over an hour to dispose of Shvedova in straight sets on
the hardcourts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Williams, who defeated Victoria Azarenka in last year's outstanding final in
Flushing, will take on fellow American Sloane Stephens in the round of 16
after the 15th-seeded Stephens downed No. 23 Jamie Hampton 6-1, 6-3.
The Aussie Open semifinalist Stephens is now an impressive 15-3 at the Slams
A pair of top-five seeds -- Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na -- also moved into
the fourth round at the U.S. Open on Friday.
The third-seeded 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska topped 32nd-seeded Russian
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), while the fifth-seeded former French
Open champion and two-time Australian Open runner-up Li popped 11 aces in
taking care of 30th-seeded 19-year-old British left-hander Laura Robson 6-2,
Li avenged a third-round loss against Robson at last year's U.S. Open.
"I was really happy how I was hitting on the court," Li said. "And I thought I
served really well."
Robson, who piled up 30 unforced errors on a sunny Day 5, was the first
British woman to be seeded at a Grand Slam event since Jo Durie at the 1987
Last month's Wimbledon semifinalist Radwanska is seeking her first-ever trip
into a U.S. Open quarterfinal, while the 31-year-old Li reached her lone
quarterfinal in New York City four years ago.
Nine-time Grand Slam winner Martina Hingis, who was named to the International
Tennis Hall of Fame in July, made her first Grand Slam appearance since
returning from retirement by pairing with Czech Daniel Hantuchova for a
doubles match against Italy's Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
However, Hingis and Hantuchova were no match for the Italians, who earned a
6-3, 7-5 victory to advance.
Hingis later returned for a mixed doubles match with India's Mahesh Bhupathi
against Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Taiwan's Chan Yung-January, but Hingis
and Bhupathi were handed a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) setback.
Eight-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany cruised past 25th-seeded Kaia Kanepi
of Estonia 6-0, 6-4, while 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro notched a 6-2, 6-4
triumph over China's Zheng Jie.
Ninth-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic reached the round of 16 with a
6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Japan's Kurumi Nara. Jankovic was the 2008 U.S.
Open runner-up and will battle Li in a quality fourth-round matchup here on
Meanwhile, 24th-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova sent 16th-seeded Wimbledon
runner-up Sabine Lisicki packing in 6-4, 7-5 fashion. The German slugger
Lisicki has never advanced beyond the fourth round in Flushing.
Makarova will face Radwanska on Sunday in her first-ever fourth-round match at
the U.S. Open.
The Sports Network