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TENNIS: Federer, Nadal, Williams into third round at US Open
2013-08-30 12:58:05 | (0 Comments)
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dropped just nine games between them as they eased into the third round of the US Open.
Federer, still aiming to add to his record collection of 17 grand slam singles titles, brushed aside Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
Nadal made short work of Rogerio Dutra Silva, beating the Brazilian qualifier 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 in just an hour and 32 minutes and extending his record on hard courts this season to 17-0.
Next up for Nadal is Croatia's Ivan Dodig, who beat the Spaniard the last time they met.
In the women’s draw, top-ranked defending champion Serena Williams rolled into the third round, while Italian fourth seed Sara Errani, a 2012 semi-finalist, was beaten by one of her best friends.
Williams, seeking her 17th Grand Slam title and fifth US Open crown, beat 77th-ranked Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0.
Williams would become the oldest US Open women's champion at 31 if she repeats on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.
Errani, last year's French Open runner-up, was in tears after falling to 83rd-ranked Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-1 in 71 minutes.
Pennetta will next face Russian 29th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open winner who defeated China's 37th-ranked Peng Shuai 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
In another upset, Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara advanced to the third round by defeating Romanian 19th seed Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-1.
Nara next faces Serbian ninth seed Jelena Jankovic, who beat Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6-3, 6-2.
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