Nadal, Federer, Williams sisters dominate with Olympic routsAugust 12th, 2008 - 11:48 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Aug 12 (DPA) Rafael Nadal continued his march towards Beijing Olympic honours with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of former number one Lleyton Hewitt Tuesday. The Spaniard, who takes over the top ranking Monday from Roger Federer, was ruthless as he handed the Australian a comprehensive defeat to reach the third round.
Hewitt, down to 37th in the rankings and nursing a long-term hip injury, paid the price for a marathon doubles win a day before with Chris Gussione, the pair winning a third set 18-16.
Nadal was joined by Federer, who rolled number 447 Rafael Arevalo-Gonzalez of El Salvador 6-2, 6-4 as the Swiss works to re-start a stalled season.
Third seed Novak Djokovic claimed a 6-4, 6-2 victory against German Rainer Schuettler, who was controversially admitted to the Games by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Austrian Jurgen Melzer shocked number 10 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-0, while Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan, who eliminated Andy Murray in the first round, continued to make progress by beating Agustin Calleri 6-4, 6-4.
In the women’s draw, the Williams sisters crushed their opponents with ease.
Wimbledon winner Venus hammered Czech Iveta Benesova 6-4, 6-4 while sibling Sernea was untroubled by Australian Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-0 in a 44-minute exercise.
Serena Williams, eight times a Grand Slam winner, won the final ten games without a point produced from the Stosur side.
“My way of improving on it is to keep it up. I’m playing consistently, it was a clean win,” said Williams, who played in Sydney but missed the Athens Games through injury.
Other winners included sixth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia and rising stars Alize Cornet and Caroline Wozniacki, the latter upsetting 10th seed Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 6-3.
New Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia began her reign with a victory against Ukraine’s Alona Bondarenko 7-5, 6-1.
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