September 5, 2010 by staff
Venus Williams, Two-time U.S. Open winner Venus Williams and defending champion Kim Clijsters advanced to the quarterfinals of the last Grand Slam of the tennis season today in very different fashions.
Williams needed 1 hour, 54 minutes to overcome their own problems that it serves and Shahar Peer of Israel 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Williams missed 52 percent of their serves in the first place, struggling with pitching in the wind turning in the National Tennis Center in New York.
Third-seeded Williams dropped serve twice in the first set against the 16th-seeded fellow and the loss of six points of adjustment. The U.S. had broken his serve once in the second set by Peer.
Clijsters, who has not lost a match at the U.S. Open since 2003, won nine of 10 games in a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Ana Ivanovic, who took 59 minutes? Clijsters said she took a few games to adjust to the wind.
“In the beginning you just have to settle with the wind, one has to adapt,” the second-seeded Belgian said in a courtside interview. “I started to go further and began to dictate the points.”
Ivanovic, 22-year-old Serb who was No. 1 in the world in 2008 and fell to No. 40 now, problems with 16 mph (26 kph) wind. She had five double faults and no aces and lost six of her seven service games.
Clijsters has won 18 consecutive matches at the U.S. Open since losing the final to fellow Belgian Justine Henin in 2003. Clijsters did not play in 2004, won the title in 2005 and did not play again until his return from retirement to win again last year as an unseeded player.
Williams’s next opponent
Also reaching the quarterfinals was the sixth-seeded Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-0 against the winner of the twenty-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The actress will play Williams in the quarterfinals.
Sam Querrey, twenty-seeded, an American, advanced to the round of the men’s room with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of the Spanish 14-seeded Nicolas Almagro. Joining him in the round of 16 was Fernando Verdasco, the eighth seed from Spain, who won 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 against 31st-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian.
Top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain, fourth-seeded Briton Andy Murray and No. 18 John Isner of the U.S. parties is scheduled for later today.
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