Hesh-Huber in second round

Sania-Schiavone duo crashes out of womens doubles


Fourteenth seeds Sania and Francesca Schiavone of Italy made a smart recovery from a set down but failed to deliver at crucial points in the decider to lose 2-6, 6-1, 5-7 against the unseeded duo of Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Shahar Peer of Israel in a 125-minute second round match.

On Saturday, the fourth seeded pair of Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy moved into the third round. The Indo-Czech pair defeated Spaniards Nicolas Almagro and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.

The opening set saw Dulko and Peer having the upper hand in service by firing three aces while Sania and Schiavone struggled with their serves as they dropped two of them to give away the first set 2-6 in 27 minutes. The Indo-Italian pair staged a fine recovery in the second set as they tightened their service game and engaged their rivals in long rallies which they won most of the time.

Sania and Schiavone broke Dulko and Peer twice in the second set while giving them no chance to do the same. Sania and Schiavone smashed three aces but they still failed to win the crucial points. Dulko and Peer converted more of them than their Indo-American opponents.

Dulko and Peer converted two of the nine break points, while Sania and Schiavone won one of the seven that came their way. Sania, who could not advance beyond second round in singles, is still in the fray in mixed doubles. She and Canadian Daniel Nestor will take on American duo of Carly Gullickson and Travis Parrott in mixed doubles second round.

Meanwhile, top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and his Ameriacn partner Leizel Huber scored a straight set victory over unseeded pair of Marcelo Melo of Brazil and American Vania King in the mixed doubles opening round. The Indo-American duo made a sluggish start and were stretched a bit in the first set but the combo stamped their authority in the second set to win the match 7-5, 6-0 in 62 minutes.

Bhupathi and Huber were rusty in their first match of the Grand Slam event as they committed four double faults and nine unforced errors in the opening set. They still hit more winners than their opponents to win the first set 7-5.

US Open results

Results (prefix denotes seeding): Men, Third round: 4-Novak Djokovic (Ser) bt Jesse Witten (US) 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-4; 1-Roger Federer (Swi) bt 31-Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4; 15-Radek Stepanek (Czech) bt 23-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Second round: 3-Rafael Nadal (Esp) bt Nicolas Kiefer (Ger) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Taylor Dent (US) bt Ivan Navarro (Esp) 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(7-1), 7-5, 7-6(11-9); Jose Acasuso (Arg) bt 18-David Ferrer (Esp) 6-3, 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2; 11-Fernando Gonzalez (Chi) bt Josselin Ouanna (Fra) 6-4, 6-7(7-5), 6-3, 6-4; 13-Gael Monfils (Fra) bt Andreas Beck (Ger) 6-3, 7-5, 6-3; 32-Nicolas Almagro (Esp) bt Robby Ginepri (US) 6-7(9-7), 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Denis Istomin (Uzb) bt Nicolas Lapentti (Ecu) 2-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-4); 2-Andy Murray (Bri) bt Paul Capdeville (Chi) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2; Daniel Koellerer (Aus) bt Pablo Cuevas (Uru) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Women, third round: 3-Venus Williams (US) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (Slo) 6-2, 7-5; Kim Clijsters (Bel) bt Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) 6-0 6-2; 7-Vera Zvonareva (Rus) bt 31-Elena Vesnina (Rus) 6-2, 6-4; 26-Francesca Schiavone (Ita) bt 8-Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; 2-Serena Williams (US) bt Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Esp) 6-3, 7-5; 22-Daniela Hantuchova (Slo) bt Vania King (US) 6-2, 6-2.

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