NEW YORK (AP):
Victoria Azarenka needed to win the second set twice. She had plenty left to pull away for a three-set victory at the US Open. The second-seeded Azarenka took 2 hours, 40 minutes to win 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 against Alize Cornet in the third round yesterday.
Serving on game point at 5-3 in the second, she pumped her fist and started walking off the court after the 26th-seeded Cornet hit a backhand into the net. The chair umpire had to get her attention to inform her that the line judge had called Azarenka's previous shot out - replays showed it landed a good inch inside the baseline. The umpire overruled the call, but they still had to replay the point.
"Are you kidding me?" Azarenka howled to the chair ump. "What the hell are you doing?"
On her second try at set point, Azarenka hit a forehand wide to send the game to deuce. But she won the next two points to clinch the game and the set, after all.
Then she dominated the third set to advance to face 13th-seeded Ana Ivanovic, who rallied to beat young American Christina McHale in three sets.
Even with McHale's tough loss, it's still been a promising tournament for the generation of US women who must succeed the Williams sisters.
Serena Williams gets a much-anticipated rematch with 20-year-old Sloane Stephens today. They're joined in the round of 16 by a less expected American, wild card Alison Riske.
Maybe's Riske's run isn't that much of a surprise considering her recent surge. The 23-year-old Pittsburgh native came into the summer having never accomplished any of these feats: winning a match in a Grand Slam tournament, at a WTA Tour event on hard courts, or against a top-10 foe.
She's now achieved all that, her latest breakthrough victory a rout of 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova. Riske won 6-3, 6-0, taking the last eight games against the seventh-seeded Czech, who was in bed with a fever the day before.
"I've got a new confidence in myself," the 81st-ranked Riske said through tears in an on-court interview. "I believe that I belong here."
McHale was one game away from matching Riske in upsetting a former major champion to reach her first Grand Slam fourth round. The 21-year-old had a chance to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set, but Ivanovic broke back.
The 2008 French Open champ then saved two break points at 5-5, and she broke McHale's serve in the next game to clinch the second set.
Ivanovic broke McHale again in the final game of the third set for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory in 2 hours, 26 minutes.
Saturday's session opened with two minor upsets: Simona Halep, seeded 21st, crushed No. 14 Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-0, and Flavia Pennetta beat 27th-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1.
The 21-year-old Halep extended a sizzling summer with her first trip to a Grand Slam fourth round. She's coming off a title at New Haven.
On the men's side, fourth-seeded David Ferrer needed nearly three hours to down 172nd-ranked qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. No. 10-seeded Milos Raonic beat 23rd-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.