US Open 2012: Highlights from Day 5
Li Na has taken a sabbatical from tennis after her third round defeat to giant-killer Laura Robson, who had earlier pushed Kim Clijsters into singles retirement. Men's matches went pretty much the way they should have on the day.
Britain's teen sensation earlier ended Kim Clijsters' career on a sad note and then sent Li Na into a tennis sabbatical with a three-set defeat in the third round. (All AFP Photos)
While Venus Williams was knocked out in the singles, the sister-pair sailed through to the third round in the women's doubles.
Andy Roddick was cheered by home crowd against a dangerous Bernard Tomic and managed to show some vintage form en route third round at the US Open.
Lleyton Hewitt had to show what he is particularly known for, some gutsy resilience, to overcome Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in a five-setter.
2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro had to dig deep to beat Ryan Harrison in four-sets to advance.
A general view of the Arthur Ashe Stadium as the sun sets on Day 5 at the US Open 2012.
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates defeating Mallory Burdette of the United States in their women's singles third round match. It was actually a cruise for the Russian who has lived in the US since she was seven years-old.
For the World number 1 Victoria Azarenka or popularly known as Vika, the passage into the US Open round 4 was amazingly smooth. She beat Chinese Jie Zheng 6-0, 6-1 to advance.
The moment of the day though, surely belonged to Kim Clijsters and her mixed-doubles partner Bob Bryan of the United States. For Kim, it was something to rejoice as this is her last Grand Slam and she has already been knocked out of the singles event.