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Roddick delays retirement with win

GOOD COMPANY:Apart from Andy Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion, other former champions who are going through to the next round include Lleyton Hewitt

Reuters, NEW YORK

Sharapova continued her imperious march through the draw as she crushed US college player Mallory Burdette 6-1, 6-1 to reach the fourth round.

The Russian, who has lost just seven games in her first three matches, next plays compatriot Nadia Petrova, a 6-4, 7-5 winner over Czech Lucie Safarova.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner, downed the US’ Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, while 31-year-old wildcard Hewitt, who won the title in 2001, outlasted Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 3-6, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in four hours, 35 minutes.

In the women’s doubles, Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung and her playing partner Zhang Shuai of China defeated Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic and Romina Oprandi of Switzerland 7-5, 7-5.

Another Taiwanese player going through to the third round is Hsieh Su-wei, who with her partner Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain defeated Vera Dushevina of Russia and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-4, 6-4.

Additional reporting by Staff writer

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