Seeds show no mercy

Serena double bagels Hlavackova; Murray,Berdych make quarters in straight sets too

Written by Agencies | New York | Published: September 5, 2012 1:06 am

Serena Williams didn’t drop a game Monday as she moved into the quarterfinals of the US Open. Roger Federer advanced with even less work when Mardy Fish pulled out of their fourth-round match for precautionary reasons.

Fish missed about two months this season because of an accelerated heartbeat and had a medical procedure in May. Fish’s agent said he wasn’t sure if the problem related to his previous health issues. “I was reluctant to do so,but am following medical advisement,’’ Fish said about his withdrawal in a statement. “I had a good summer and look forward to resuming my tournament schedule in the fall.’’

The 30-year-old American’s third-round match against Gilles Simon went five sets,lasting more than 3 hours and ending after 1 a.m. Sunday. Afterward,the 23rd-seeded Fish did not appear at a news conference. Tournament officials said he was getting treatment,but didn’t give specifics.

“I am really sorry for Mardy. I just want to wish him a speedy recovery,’’ Federer said in a statement. “We all want to see him back on tour soon.’’

Federer,in his 34th consecutive quarterfinal at a major tournament,will meet sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych,who defeated 11th-seeded Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (4) 6-4 6-1.

The man Federer beat in July’s Wimbledon final and lost to in August’s Olympic final,Andy Murray,muted 15th-seeded Milos Ranoic’s big serve and won 6-4 6-4 6-2 to reach an eighth consecutive major quarterfinal.

“Today was by far my best match of the tournament,’’ Murray concluded. No. 3 Murray will play No. 12 Marin Cilic of Croatia,who put together a 7-5 6-4 6-0 victory over 50th-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia,the last left-hander and unseeded man remaining.

Williams beat 82nd-ranked Andrea Hlavackova 6-0,6-0 in 57 minutes. It was the first time in 62 career victories at Flushing Meadows that the three-time US Open champion won a match without losing a game.

“The match is never over until you shake hands. There is always a comeback available. So I didn’t want to give her that opportunity to try to come back,especially her in particular. She was getting so pumped up and she never gave up. I thought that was really incredibly positive.’’

Williams had 31 winners and just seven unforced errors. It didn’t take long for Serena Williams to show Hlavackova where things were headed. “The first point of the whole match,’’ Hlavackova explained,“when I served,and she returned,like,a 100 mph forehand return,I was like,‘OK,I know who I’m playing. You don’t have to prove it to me. I know.’’’

Hlavackova,a 2011 French Open doubles champion,had never been past the second round in singles at a major tournament before this year.

Williams — who lost in doubles with older sister Venus on Monday night — will next face former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic,who is finally back in a Grand Slam quarterfinal more than four years after her French Open title. The 12th-seeded Serb beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0 6-4.

The other quarter-final will feature best friends and doubles partners Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci battling for a semi-final spot. Errani,the 10th seed,defeated last year’s semi-finalist,German sixth seed Angelique Kerber 7-6 (7/5),6-3,while Vinci saw off Polish second seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1,6-4.

Paes,Sania lose

Leander Paes and Sania Mirza,along with their respective partners,crashed out of the mixed doubles event of the US Open after losing in the quarterfinals. The third-seeded Indo-Russian pair of Paes and Elena Vesnina was stunned by the seventh-seeded Czech duo of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-7 (2) 5-7 in a battle that lasted an hour and 43 minutes. Paes and Elena could win just 67 points as compared to their rivals’ 80,while they also committed 25 unforced errors.

Sania along with her British partner Colin Fleming also went down in straight sets to Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Poland’s Marcin Matkowski. Unseeded Sania and Fleming failed to match their more fancied opponents in the match to bow out in just 69 minutes,losing 3-6 5-7. The Indo-British combo wasted as many as seven out of the eight breakpoints they got,to go down tamely.

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