Top Seeds Reach Quarters...Hewitt Keeps Winning...Murray, Berdych Advance 9/2/13
NEW YORK - Top seed Serena Williams has moved into the U.S. Open quarterfinals by avenging her loss to Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open quarters last January.
The 16-time Grand Slam winner won eight of the last nine games in her 6-4, 6-1 win over the 15th-seeded Stephens. Williams will face 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, who needed 2 hours, 41 minutes to edge eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.
Fifth seed Li Na (lee nah) whipped No. 9 Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-love to set up a quarterfinal matchup against Ekaterina Makarova, who ousted third seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-NAYS'-kah rahd-WAHN'-skah), 6-4, 6-4.
Lleyton Hewitt continues his unexpected run at Flushing Meadows, reaching the men's fourth round with a 6-3, 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 win over Evgeny Donskoy. The 33-year-old Hewitt hasn't advanced this far at the Open in seven years and is just one match victory away from reaching a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time since Wimbledon in 2009.
Top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) dropped just four games in breezing into the fourth round. Third seed Andy Murray and No. 5 Tomas Berdych also reached round of 16 with straight-sets wins, and No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka needed four sets to win his third-round match.
Bob and Mike Bryan's pursuit of a calendar-year Grand Slam is still alive after a scare in the third round, beating unseeded Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-7, 7-5, 6-2. The Bryan brothers are trying to become the first men's double team of the Open era - and the first since 1951 - to win all four major tournaments in the same year.