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Taiwanese to meet in mixed doubles

BUSINESS AS USUAL:World No. 2 Roger Federer cruised to a straight-sets victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the 15th year

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, NEW YORK

Azarenka, whose season has been blighted by a left thigh injury, won 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 on a sixth match point having trailed 2-5 in the first set.

The 26-year-old took her record over Kerber to 5-0 on the back of 51 winners to her opponent’s 46 in a merciless contest of big-hitting.

Both players saved a combined 26 break points before the Belarusian prevailed to set-up a last-16 clash with America’s Varvara Lepchenko.

Fifth seed Stan Wawrinka, the French Open champion, made the last 16 with a 6-3, 7-6(7/5), 6-4 win over Belgian world No. 107 Rubens Bemmelmans.

Wawrinka goes on to face unseeded American Donald Young, who pulled off his second comeback from two sets to love down at the tournament to beat Serbian 22nd seed Viktor Troicki 4-6, 0-6, 7-6(7/3), 6-2, 6-4.

Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2012, reached the last 16 for a fourth successive year by beating Spain’s Guillermo Garcma-Lopez 6-7(2/7), 7-6(9/7), 6-3, 6-3.

He next plays 12th seed Richard Gasquet, one of four Frenchmen in the last 16, who defeated Australia’s Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Andy Murray finally enjoyed a straight-forward win after two earlier battles to advance to the fourth round with a 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, the Czech fifth seed, eased past Anna Karolmna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-1.

She next faces British qualifier Johanna Konta, the world No. 97 who beat German 18th seed Andrea Petkovic 7-6(7/2), 6-3.

Samantha Stosur, the 2011 champion and the last woman to beat Serena Williams at the tournament, battled past Italy’s Sara Errani 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

Next for Stosur is another Italian, 26th seed Flavia Pennetta, a 2013 semi-finalist, who put out world No. 149 Petra Cetkovska 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Second-seeded Romanian Simona Halep worked the night shift for the first time at the US Open and found it to her liking as she steamed past American qualifier Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-3 to reach the fourth round.

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