31 Aug 2008

Venus Williams strolls at Flushing Meadows

9:15 am on 31 August 2008

The American tennis player, Venus Williams, has strolled into the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a straight-sets blowout of Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko.

The Wimbledon holder is a double Open champion but has not won the year's final grand slam since 2001.

World number one Rafael Nadal also blasted into the fourth round on the men's side, defeating Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-4 6-3 6-0.

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo reached the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in over a year when she defeated Julie Coin 6-4 6-4, the 188th-ranked Frenchwoman who had earlier stunned top seed Anna Ivanovic.