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NEW YORK---Victoria Azarenka
needed to win the second set
twice. She had plenty left to pull
away for a three-set victory at the
The second-seeded Azarenka
took two hours, 40 minutes to close
out Alize Cornet 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-
2 in the third round Saturday.
Serving on game point at 5-3 in
the second, she pumped her fist
and started walking off the court
after the 26th-seeded Cornet hit
a backhand into the net. The chair
umpire had to get her attention to
inform her that the line judge had
called Azarenka s previous shot out
--- replays showed it landed inside
the baseline. The umpire overruled
the call, but they still had to replay
"Are you freaking kidding me?"
Azarenka howled to the chair ump.
"What the hell are you doing?"
On her second try at set point,
Azarenka hit a forehand wide to
send the game to deuce. But she
won the next two points to clinch
the game and the set, after all.
Then she dominated the third
set to advance to face 13th-seeded
Ana Ivanovic, who rallied to beat
young American Christina McHale
in three sets.
Rafael Nadal has barely been
pushed so far at Flushing Meadows.
The second-seeded Spaniard post-
ed his third straight-set victory,
defeating Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-
3. Even with McHale s tough loss,
it s still been a promising tourna-
ment for the generation of US
women who must succeed the
Serena Williams gets a much-
anticipated rematch with 20-year-
old Sloane Stephens today. They re
joined in the round of 16 by a less
expected American, wild card Ali-
Maybe s Riske s run isn t that
much of a surprise considering her
recent surge. The 23-year-old
Pittsburgh native came into the
summer having never accom-
plished any of these feats: winning
a match in a Grand Slam tourna-
ment, at a WTA Tour event on hard
courts, or against a top-10 foe.
She s now achieved all that, her
latest breakthrough victory a rout
of 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra
Kvitova. Riske won 6-3, 6-0, taking
the last eight games against the
seventh-seeded Czech, who was
in bed with a fever the day before.
"I ve got a new confidence in
myself," the 81st-ranked Riske said
through tears in an on-court inter-
view. "I believe that I belong here."
McHale was one game away
from matching Riske in upsetting
a former major champion to reach
her first Grand Slam fourth round.
The 21-year-old had a chance to
serve out the match at 5-4 in the
second set, but Ivanovic broke
The 2008 French Open champ
then saved two break points at 5-
5, and she broke McHale s serve
in the next game to clinch the sec-
Ivanovic broke McHale again in
the final game of the third set for
a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory in 2 hours,
McHale has been ranked as high
as 24th, but she d slipped to No
114 after a bout with mononucle-
"After some of the losses I ve
had this year, even though today
it hurts to lose this type of close
match, I feel much better about
my game," she said.
Riske was 0-5 at major tourna-
ments before Wimbledon this year
but is 5-1 since. She just broke
into the top 100 in late July; now
Riske will likely earn a top-60
"It s really tough out here," she
said. "Every week isn t like this."
She has always thrived on grass,
making the third round at Wim-
bledon this year. Now she s start-
ing to figure out the hard courts.
She next faces an unseeded oppo-
nent, Daniela Hantuchova.
Kvitova said she tried to end
points quickly, knowing she could-
n t hold up through long rallies.
But Riske stayed calm and played
good defense, taking advantage of
Kvitova s seven double-faults and
27 unforced errors.
"She moved quite well," Kvitova
said. "She pushed me to the back.
That was tough for me."
It s another frustrating finish at
Flushing Meadows, the only major
tournament at which Kvitova
hasn t made the semifinals. Two
years ago, she became the first
reigning Wimbledon women s
champion to lose her first US
Open match in the same season.
"My body wouldn t let me
fight," Kvitova said.
Riske was all set to play for Van-
derbilt in 2009 when a family
friend who owns a chemical com-
pany offered to sponsor her. So
she turned pro.
A year ago at this time, she was
questioning the wisdom of that
decision. Then she rejoined coach
"Once I got back with him,
things kind of unfolded them-
selves," Riske said. "I felt really
comfortable. I knew that with the
tennis I was playing that things
were going to start coming togeth-
er. I just didn t know when."
Saturday s session opened with
two minor upsets: Simona Halep,
seeded 21st, crushed No 14 Maria
Kirilenko 6-1, 6-0, and Flavia
Pennetta beat 27th-seeded Svet-
lana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1. The two
face each other in the fourth
The 21-year-old Halep extended
a sizzling summer with her first
trip to a Grand Slam fourth round.
She s coming off a title at New
On the men s side, fourth-seed-
ed David Ferrer needed nearly
three hours to down 172nd-ranked
qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4,
6-3, 4-6, 6-4. No 10-seeded Milos
Raonic beat 23rd-seeded Feliciano
Lopez 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. (AP)
Azarenka wins in 3 sets in 3rd round
Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus,
returns a shot to Alize Cornet, of
France, during the third round of the
US Open tennis tournament,
yesterday in New York. Azarenka
won 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2. AP PHOTO
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