Sharapova, Serena advance to Round 4

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Top seed Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, seeded eight progressed to the last 16 in the women's draw at the US Open on Friday.

Sharapova, Serena advance to Round 4
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New York:

Top seed Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, seeded eight progressed to the last 16 in the women's draw at the US Open on Friday with straight set wins. The Russian beat the unseeded German Julia Schruff in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour. While it was a straight forward match for Sharapova, but it was still a test for the number one seed compared to her previous two matches. Serena dispatched Italy's Francesca Schiavone, also in straight sets on the Arthur Ashe court, 6-3 6-4 in a match that although was not pretty, produced the right result for the American against her 25th seeded opponent. No problems too, for Kim Clijsters, who proved way too strong for her Japanese opponent, Ai Sugiyama. The fourth seed came through 6-1, 6-4. Hewitt advances In the men's draw number three seed Lleyton Hewitt also had an easy time of it, winning his match against Jose Acasuso of Argentina in three sets for a place in the third round. The Australian, seeded three at Flushing Meadows defeated Acasuso 7-6 7-6 6-2 in just over two and a half hours on Louis Armstrong court. Taylor Dent had the advantage of the home fans' support in his encounter with Nicolas Almagro of Spain. His unseeded opponent put up a good fight, after dropping the first two sets 6-3 6-2 he fought back to take the third 6-4. But Dent was too strong in the fourth set, taking that 7-5 and with it the match. (AP)

Topics : Tennis Maria Sharapova
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