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Wozniacki, Williams and Djokovic reach quarters

Sep 5, 2011, 9:50 p.m.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark blows a kiss to the crowd after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

"I think I'd like to say it's a bigger mountain like Everest ...(but) I don't ever want to get to the top of the mountain. I want to keep being able to reach something," she said.

Williams went into the match having won her two previous matches with Ivanovic, but Mother Nature was against her this time.

The wind was blowing hard at Flushing Meadows, making serving difficult. The gusts should have reduced the effectiveness of one of Williams's biggest weapons, but the 29-year-old handled the conditions better than her opponent.

"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 Pavlyuchenkova 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."

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 is a quarter-final on Wednesday against either Roger Federer or Juan Monaco of Argentina, who had to wait until almost midnight to start their match.

(Editing by Ian Ransom)

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