Nadal, Sharapova Advance

Williams, Henin, Ferrero taste victory
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 20, 2008 1:33 PM CST
Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Paul-Henri Mathieu of France during a fourth round Men's Singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Spain’s Rafael Nadal quickly advanced to the Australian Open’s fourth round today, when a calf injury forced French opponent Paul-Henri Matthieu to drop out; Nadal was ahead 6-4, 3-0. Justine Henin made short work of her opponent, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-2, 6-2, as did Maria Sharapova, who beat Elena Dementieva 6-2, 6-0 in just an hour despite predictions that she'd face a challenge. In other action:

  • Current champ Serena Williams toppled Nicole Vaidisova 6-4, 6-4, provoking a smashed racquet; she’ll next face Jelena Jankovic, who defeated Australian Casey Dellacqua 7-6 (3), 6-1.
  • Juan Carlos Ferrero beat 10th-seeded David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won a close match against Richard Gasquet, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-3.
  • Mikhail Youzhny beat fellow Russian Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-1.