NEW YORK (AP):
No. 2 Victoria Azarenka rallied from a set down for the second-straight match, beating Ana Ivanovic to return to the US Open quarter-finals.
The 2012 runner-up at Flushing Meadows needed two hours, 10 minutes to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 yesterday.
"I'm a fighter at heart," she said. "I never, never give up. Whatever the score is, I'm going to try to do my best because there is always an opportunity. There is always a way. You just have to make up your mind and try to find that way."
Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champ, was whipping forehand winners in the first set. But then her serve deserted her, as it has before, and the 13th-seeded Serb was broken in nine of her last 11 service games.
"This was the big difference because I felt like I could break her, but it was very frustrating that I was losing my serve constantly," said Ivanovic, who had eight double-faults.
Today, she'll face unseeded Daniela Hantuchova, who played her fourth-round match on Monday.
The meeting between Azarenka and Ivanovic was the only one of four women's matches that day to be postponed to yesterday because of rain. Asked if anything could have been done differently to keep everybody on the same schedule, Azarenka wouldn't bite. She just smiled and said: "Mother Nature could have done something."
A few hours after Azarenka made the quarter-finals, the first woman reached the semis. Fifth-seeded Li Na beat No. 24-seeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in two hours, 20 minutes.
Another Grand Slam champion couldn't win a match that went the distance. Lleyton Hewitt, making a rousing run at age 32, was two points from victory, but fell 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5 to Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer was bundled out in an upset, fourth-round loss on Monday night. The words he spoke after his surprisingly straightforward 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4 loss to 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo made it sound as if Federer is having doubts about his game.
"Confidence ... takes care of all the things you don't usually think about," Federer said. "But I just think it's been a difficult last three months, you know. Maybe ... my consistency is just not quite there."