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Latest update : 2008-09-02

France's Gael Monfils and Amélie Mauresmo both saw their US Open runs come to a halt in the fourth round as Monfils lost to unseeded American Mardy Fish and Mauresmo to Italy's Flavia Pennetta. Serena Williams defeated Severine Bremond.

Mardy Fish ruined Gael Monfils's 22nd birthday celebrations by handing the French 32nd seed a 7-5 6-2 6-2 drubbing in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Monday.

Monfils would have hoped to mark his big day by reaching the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows for the first time. Instead it was Fish who celebrated a personal landmark.

After trampling seeds Paul-Henri Mathieu and James Blake in the previous two rounds, the 35th-ranked American kept up his run by meting out similar treatment to Monfils.

Monfils took an injury timeout while trailing 3-0 in the second set to get his right leg strapped just under his knee but that failed to change his fortunes and he bowed out by slamming a forehand into the net.

Fish will next face either top seed Rafael Nadal or fellow-American Sam Querrey.

 

Amelie Mauresmo's U.S. Open hopes ended in a clutch of double-faults and a 6-3 6-0 hammering by Italian Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round on Monday.

The 29-year-old coughed up 14 doubles and 40 unforced errors to help 16th seed Pennetta reach her first grand slam quarter-final.

After an injury-hit year, Mauresmo had recently shown signs of the form that took her to the top of the rankings in 2006 but her serve was appalling from the start.

Once Pennetta had broken a second time to lead 4-3 in the first set, there only ever looked like being one winner. The Italian eased through to a showdown with Russian sixth seed Dinara Safina.

Date created : 2008-09-01

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