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Hingis, Kuznetsova move into third round at U.S. Open, Young wins in walkover

Hingis, Kuznetsova move into third round at U.S. Open, Young wins in walkover

Martina Hingis broke her pattern and Svetlana Kuznetsova pounded away Thursday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.
After Hingis and 106th-ranked Pauline Parmentier of France traded six straight service breaks, the 1997 Open champion closed out the match 6-2, 7-5.
Parmentier was two points from evening the match when Hingis held serve to tie it at 5-all. With temperatures in the low 30s Celsius (upper 80s Fahrenheit), the 16th-seeded Swiss swiftly took control.
"I didn't want to play a third set in this heat," Hingis said.
The fourth-seeded Kuznetsova didn't dally in beating Camille Pin of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. The former U.S. Open champion seemed especially determined after missing an easy forehand that lost the second set.
"It was too late to change anything," Kuznetsova said. "From this moment, I just started to turn it on."
Trying to finish off each rally in a hurry, Kuznetsova took every opportunity to rush the net _ she approached more than she could ever remember. She smacked 46 winners in all, enough to overcome 34 unforced errors.
"I'm pretty happy to come a lot to the net," she said. "I had so many chances to come in and sometimes I saw I didn't do that."
American teen Donald Young also made it to the third round, and he didn't have to pick up his racket. The 18-year-old Wimbledon junior champ won in a walkover when No. 13 Richard Gasquet of France withdrew because of a fever and a sore throat.
"Prefer to win it," Young said after hearing of Gasquet's withdrawal, "but I'll take this."
Also out of the tournament, at least on the singles side, was Bethanie Mattek. Known for her outlandish outfits, she didn't disappoint.
Wearing a low-cut silver top and headdress that semi-resembled her gold Wonder Woman-inspired ensemble in the first round, Mattek lost to No. 18 Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-1.
In other morning matches Thursday, No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia beat Nicole Pratt of Australia 6-3, 6-4, No. 11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland stopped Severine Bremond of France 6-3, 6-0 and No. 26 Sania Mirza of India defeated Laura Granville 6-3, 7-5.
Maria Sharapova, birthday boy Andy Roddick and James Blake were among the top players scheduled to play later.


Updated : 2021-05-09 14:06 GMT+08:00