Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

McCain's health vote backlash

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Macron Touch: Can the new French President be Libya's Peacemaker?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Maduro's regime is a criminal dictatorship'

Read more

FOCUS

Kenyan authorities step up security amid Al-Shabaab threat

Read more

ENCORE!

Rock icons Midnight Oil on politics, passion and their long-awaited comeback

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Sleep tight beautiful boy': Charlie Gard's parents to take him off life support

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa's 'Guptaleaks': New website aims to reveal extent of 'state capture'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Building walls: French protesters block access to hotel migrant shelter

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Google parent company's profits hit by EU fine

Read more

Serena Williams outclasses Hantuchova to reach quarters

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-06

Second-seeded defending champion Serena Williams swept into the last eight at US Open as she won over Daniela Hantuchova (6-2, 6-0) on Sunday. She will face either Zvonareva of Russia or Pennetta of Italy for a place in the semi-finals.

AFP - AFP - Defending champion Serena Williams cruised into the quarter-finals of the US Open on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.

The second seed will play either Vera Zvonareva of Russia or Flavia Pennetta of Italy for a place in the semi-finals.

It was a routine win for the tournament favourite in stark contrast to the trials and tribulations of several of her main contenders, especially the Russian brigade of top seed Dinara Safina, Maria Sharapova and Elene Dementieva who were all upset.

The 27-year-old Williams broke serve in the sixth and eighth games of the first set against the Slovak, who was playing in her 35th Grand Slam event and with just one semi-final showing, at the 2008 Australian Open, to show for it.

The second set was one-way traffic as the title-holder made it 10 games in a row to march into the semi-finals in just 64 minutes.

"Daniela is such a good player and I knew I had to be serious as she always gives me trouble," Williams said.

With the win, Williams took her Grand Slam record for the year to 22-1, her only loss being to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open quarter-finals. She won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon crowns taking her career Grand Slam total to 11.

Date created : 2009-09-06

COMMENT(S)