31 Aug 2008

Big names progress at Flushing Meadows

11:09 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.

Sister Serena has moved another step closer to a quarter-final showdown with her sibling with a straight forward, straight sets third round win against a Japanese opponent.

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.

Sixth seed Andy Murray has also progressed but seventh seed David Nalbandian has been dumped out in the third round for the second successive year with a three set loss to French 32nd seed Gael Monfils.

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.