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26 January 2010 :: 13:01:11 pm 10572

Williams & Federer Demolish Local Hopes in Aussie Open

Dominant wins by Roger Federer and Serena Williams have seen the pair advance into the quarter finals of the Australian Open, a grand slam they have both won on several occasions.
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Melbourne, the 25th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: In addition to the advancement of Federer and Serena into the last 8, China has managed to attain two places in the quarters following the advancement of both Li Na and Zheng Jie, whilst the second Williams sister Venus also progressed after a tough three setter against Italian Francesca Schiavone.

The men’s world number one Roger Federer crushed local fans hopes following a complete demolition of Aussie Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 for a 15th consecutive win over the hard grafting 22nd seed. The imperious display sets up 15-time Grand Slam champion Federer with an intriguing showdown against Nikolay Davydenko who has won both the pairs last two meetings. Davydenko, the six seed, ensured he stayed in the tournament after a marathon 5-setter against 9th seed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

In relation to the upcoming match with Davydenko Federer stated; “I’m in for a good match for sure. I favor my chances in a best-of-five set match. We’ll see how it goes,” whilst he also paid tribute to Lleyton Hewitt remarking, “I have always had some great battles with Lleyton, he’s a champion and has the ability to make you nervous in a match.”

 

Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, finalist opponents from 2008 in which Djokovic took the title will again meet after Djokovic progressed with an emphatic victory over unseeded Polish opponent Lukasz Kubot whilst Tsonga beat 26th seed Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in a thriller 5-set match. The final four players to make up the men’s Quarter Final are defending Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, British fifth seed Andy Murray, American Andy Roddick and 14th seed Croat Marin Cilic.

In the woman’s draw defending champion Serena Williams was a class apart in her complete demolition of Aussie battler Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-2. She will now play seventh seed Victoria Azarenka after she out gunned Russian Vera Zvonareva. Praising Stosur, Williams stated, “It’s really good to match my game against her serve, because she’s one of the best servers on the tour,” in regards to the crowd Williams explained, “It’s important when you’re playing a local girl to not let the crowd get too involved or else they’ll kill you. That was the plan, to not let them get involved.”

Venus Williams found the going a little tough as she struggled to overcome 17th seed Italian Francesca Schiavone. Venus is competing in her 11th Australian Open but has yet to take home the title, however; she is refusing to think negative stating that she feels in good form and is trying to remain positive in her approach. “Yeah, I’m ready to go and I feel very good,” said Venus, who has won five Wimbledon’s and two US Open titles. The Williams sisters join Chinese duo Li Na and Zheng Jie in the quarter along with Justine Henin, Nadia Petrova, Maria Kirilenko.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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