US Open: Azarenka, Stosur to meet in quarters

September 3rd, 2012 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Maria Sharapova New York, Sep 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) World No.1 Victoria Azarenka and reigning champion Samantha Stosur won their fourth round matches to meet in the US Open quarterfinals here at the Flushing Meadows.

Azarenka eased past Georgia’s Anna Tatishvili, ranked 73 in the world, 6-2, 6-2 Sunday while seventh seed Stosur eliminated Britain’s Laura Robson 6-4, 6-4.

Maria Sharapova fought off a comeback in an all-Russian encounter against Nadia Petrova to prevail 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Sharapova, World No.3, was two games down in the deciding set before charging back to set up a quarterfinal against Marion Bartoli who slayed fifth seed Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic 1-6, 6-2, 6-0.

In the men’s draw, defending champion Novak Djokovic won his third match of the tournament without dropping a set, defeating France’s Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

In the fourth round the Serbian faces 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka who dispatched Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, seeded 14, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Spain’s David Ferrer ousted Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to book an encounter against 13th seed Richard Gasquet.

Gasquet knocked out wild card Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-3, while Germany’s 19th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber upset another US player John Isner in a five-set thriller 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Meanwhile, seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina completed a hard-fought win over his compatriot Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-5, 7-6(9) and eight seed Janko Tipsarevic downed World No.99 Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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