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Another top woman falls

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during the fourth round of the 2014 US Open tennis tournament yesterday in New York. Williams won 6-3, 6-3.-AP

Serena cruises into quarters

NEW YORK (AP):Wilting in high heat and humidity, Eugenie Bouchard became the latest top woman to lose at the US Open, ending her streak of making the semi-finals at each Grand Slam tournament this year.

The No. 7-seeded Bouchard, the runner-up at Wimbledon in July, needed a medical timeout and was beaten 7-6 (2), 6-4 yesterday by 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

In muggy air with temperature in the high 80s (above 30 Celsius), a trainer checked Bouchard's blood pressure and rubbed plastic bags of ice on her shoulders, arms and legs during the changeover after the second set's fifth game.

Bouchard's loss means that for the first time since 1977, eight women will have filled the eight finalist slots at a season's Grand Slam tournaments.

While Makarova is into the US Open quarter-finals for the second year in a row, Bouchard's early-for-her major exit certainly fits with the way things have gone the past eight days. Of the top-10 seeded women, only two remain: No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 10 Wozniacki.

Williams got to her first Grand Slam quarter-final of 2014 by overwhelming 50th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-3, 6-3 yesterday, winning her first 12 service points with the help of five aces.

only 17 games lost

Through four matches, Williams has lost only 17 games - the eighth time she's made it to the US Open quarter-finals dropping that many or fewer.

"I think I felt it in my service game," Williams said. "I'm like, 'Can I please make it to a Grand Slam quarters this year?'"

Next for Williams is 11th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy, who beat 29th-seeded Casey Dellacqua of Australia 7-5, 6-2. Pennetta, a semi-finalist a year ago, has lost all five previous meetings against Williams.

"You cannot invent something. I mean, you just have to play your tennis," Pennetta said. "Of course, she's better than me, but if I still believe I can beat her, maybe if she doesn't have a good day, I can do that."

The top-seeded man, Novak Djokovic, played mostly mistake-free tennis, making only 19 unforced errors and facing only two break points - both saved - in a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 victory over 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Djokovic now meets No. 8 Andy Murray, who got past No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer regrouped after a fortuitously timed rain delay to move on at the US Open in four sets. The second-seeded Federer was a game from losing the first set to Marcel Granollers in the third round on Sunday night when play was stopped because of lightning.

After they returned to the court two hours later, Granollers won the set, but Federer dominated the rest of the way in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory.

"He was doing a lot of things really well," Federer said later. "It was just, for me, going to be one of those things to like weather the storm and see if he could maintain that level of play or not, and if I could lift my game up and see how that matched up. I think overall it worked out great at the end."