Serena shows off fitness in rout of Azarenka; Djokovic, Federer win at US Open
At one point of the match, the 13-time Grand Slam champion Williams did the splits on the court. On another, she pushed herself into chasing the ball before smacking a forehand winner en route to a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) victory over the fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka.
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September 4, 2011 07:57 am EDT
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Serena Williams, who is continuing her comeback after a year’s absence for the tour because of a series of health scares, put on an impressive performance in her rout of the talented Victoria Azarenka in the third round of the U.S. Open Saturday.
The three-time U.S. Open champ Williams, who is seeded 28th this year, unleashed 12 aces and had her thundering serve broken only once by the fourth-seeded Belarusian en route to a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) victory.
The former top-ranked American, who returned to WTA action in June after being sidelined for 11 months due to a series of health issues, blasted 39 winners, 21 more than Azarenka, while showing off her return to fitness.
At one point of the match, the 13-time Grand Slam champion Williams did the splits on the court. On another, she pushed herself into chasing the ball before smacking a forehand winner.
Williams, who is now riding on the momentum of a 15-match winning streak, which includes a pair of titles, will next play fellow former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic (16), who easily handled American Sloane Stephens in straight sets.
Meanwhile, current world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki continued with her bid for her first major championship as she claimed a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Vania King for a fourth-round berth
Also advancing into the next stage were Francesca Schiavone (7) and Andrea Petkovic (10).
On the men’s side, men’s current No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Nikolay Davydenko in three sets, while former No. 1 and five-time U.S. Open winner Roger Federer reached the fourth round for the 30th consecutive Grand Slam Tournament Saturday.
The top-seeded Djokovic demolished Davydenko in 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 fashion.
Federer, on the other hand, had to overcome tentative moments in ousting No. 27 Marin Cilic of Croatia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
With the win, Federer, who titled here five straight years from 2004-08, has now reached the fourth round in New York 11 straight years.
No. 8th-seeded American Mardy Fish vanquished South African Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) to join advancers Saturday, while No. 20th-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic posted an upset over Tomas Berdych. The ninth-seeded Berdych retired with the score at 6-4, 5-0.
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