Sports — 06 September 2012
Serena Williams Advances in US Open

Serena Williams’ amazing run of singles’ domination continued Monday at the US Open as she dispatched Andrea Hiavackova, a 2011 French Open doubles champion, in a 57-minute 6-0, 6-0 wipeout.

She had only seven unforced errors while hitting 31 winners in perhaps her most complete victory in 62 US Open matches. Hiavackova had never before advanced past the second round of a major tournament as a singles player, and was clearly in over her head against Williams, even though she never gave up in the face of this onslaught.

“She was fighting really hard,” Williams told the Associated Press. “You give people any type of chance, especially in tennis, 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 – or anyone 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.”

While Hiavackova’s effort was commendable, she had no answers for Williams’ booming serve, or overall on court ferocity . Williams next opponent was Ana Ivanovic, who reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since winning the French Open four years ago.

Serena’s win was the only piece of good news this week involving the Williams’ family. Their string of doubles victories that included both the Wimbledon championship and Olympic gold medal victory ended Monday.

They were defeated in the third round by the Russian team they previously defeated twice in London Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-4.

The Williams’ sisters were seeking their 14th Grand Slam doubles crown, but instead got caught off guard early by the attacking tactics of the Russian women. A comeback attempt in the second set was snuffed out late, and the duo of Kirlienko and Petrova had a small measure of revenge for the losses they suffered at Wimbledon and in the Olympics.

Photo By: Julio Cortez/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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