US Open fourth round pits the best against the great

2013-09-01 14:00

Today’s focus will be on world number one Serena Williams, who will take on her nemesis and fellow American Sloan Stevens in the US Open.

Williams, who steamrolled her way into the fourth round of the women’s singles with a routine 6-3, 6-1 win over Yaroslava Shvedova, lost to Stephens at the Australian Open in January.

Stephens earned her place in the fourth round by beating Jamie Hampton 6-1, 6-3 in a battle between two of America’s brightest young prospects.

China’s Li Na fired down 11 aces to defeat British teenager Laura Robson 6-2, 7-5, while the ultraconsistent Agnieszka Radwanska wore down Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (1).

Radwanska’s next match is against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova.

If she wins, the third-seeded Pole will become the only woman to reach the last eight at all four Grand Slams this year.

On the men’s draw, veteran Lleyton Hewitt pulled off a stunning five-set win – 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 – over Juan Martín del Potro.

Del Potro became the biggest casualty of this year’s championship, leaving the top half of the draw seemingly at the mercy of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who both overcame wobbles to win on Friday.

Men’s world number one, Djokovic, saved two set points in the opening set before rebounding to win 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2. He next meets João Sousa of Portugal.

The spectator lines were even longer at court 17 when Martina Hingis (32) made her comeback 16 years after she won the US Open and six years after she retired for a second time.

The former world number one was granted a wild-card entry to the doubles with Daniela Hantuchová, but the pair fell at the first hurdle, losing 6-3, 7-5 to defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. For Hingis (32), it was a return to forget as she finished with back-to-back double faults.

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