Still smooth sailing for seeds at windy US Open (2)

08:17, September 06, 2010      

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'New day'

Sharapova was at her most ruthless in her 6-0, 6-0 whitewash of Capra.

The Russian was upset here last year by another American teenager in Melanie Oudin, but she made sure there was no repeat this time as she moved into the last 16 for the first time since she won the championship four years ago.

"This was a new day. What happened last year, I didn't really want to go into the match thinking about it," Sharapova said.

"On a day like today, I just wanted to make sure I was consistent and did the right thing, maybe didn't go for the lines as much and just played smart tennis."

Sharapova was one of three Russian seeds to advance safely on Saturday. Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open champion, beat her countrywoman Maria Kirilenko, while Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva defeated Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru.

Wozniacki dropped her opening service game against Chan, but that was her only hiccup in the 6-1, 6-0 rout of her Taiwanese opponent.

A finalist at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago and the top seed this year after injury forced Serena Williams to sit out, the Dane has dropped only three games in the tournament.

"I think I've shown I belong where I am," she said. "I'm just happy to be through to the fourth round. For me, it's just about winning the matches."

After a slow start to the tournament, Djokovic and Soderling are both rapidly gaining momentum.

Djokovic had few problems seeing off American James Blake 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the featured night match, while the big-serving Soderling was also untroubled by the conditions, cruising to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win against Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker.

Djokovic's next opponent is American Mardy Fish, who made his way through to the round of 16 the hard way, wearing down Frenchman Arnaud Clement 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Soderling plays Spain's Albert Montanes ahead of a possible quarterfinal with Federer.

Source: China Daily/Agencies
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