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Williams and Djokovic march on at U.S. Open

Sep 5, 2011, 6:08 p.m.
Serena Williams of the U.S. smiles after defeating Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

That was enough to give Williams the advantage but when Ivanovic made more than twice as many unforced errors as the Americans, the match all but ended as a contest.

"As I said even before the match, I think she's the favorite for the tournament," Ivanovic said.

"She's been playing really well, and it's gonna be tough (for anyone to beat her)."

Williams's next opponent is Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who avenged her agonizing loss to Italy's Francesca Schiavone at this year's French Open to win 5-7 6-3 6-4.

It was sweet revenge for the Russian after she blew her chance of a first grand slam semi-finals appearance when she lost to Schiavone in the quarters at Roland Garros after leading 6-1 4-1.

"Of course I was thinking about it," Pavlyuchenkova said. "But it made me stronger I think. I never try to find excuses when I lose so I always blame myself."

Just two of the top eight seeded women remain in the competition, including world number one Caroline Wozniacki, who was due to face Svetlana Kuznetsova in Monday's night session.

The winner plays Germany's Andrea Petkovic after the 10th seed defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1 6-4.

The floodlit evening session was delayed by more than an hour and a half after 11th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed almost four hours to beat American eighth seed Mardy Fish 6-4 6-7 3-6 6-4 6-2 in an enthralling center court clash.

Tsonga's reward for winning is a quarter-finals clash with either Roger Federer or Juan Monaco of Argentina Wednesday.

(Editing by Larry Fine)

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