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Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadezhda Petrova advance in US Open
Nadezhda Petrova of Russia made the so far most clamorous sensation of the US Open in tennis by beating the world's No.1, Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium, 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth round on Monday. It became clear from the very beginning of the match that the Belgian's backhands and playing on her own serve did not go well enough. Nadezhda Petrova, seeded No.14 in New York, took control of her nerves rather quickly, and started methodically earning points due to her confident serve, powerful top spins and good play at the net. This match interrupted the more than 30-year-old tradition: the No.1-seeded players did not lose in the women's part of the US Open prior to the quarterfinals since 1973 when this lot befell the famous Billie Jean King. Miss Petrova will now play against her teammate Svetlana Kuznetsova (No.9) who blasted Mary Pierce of France off the court 7-6 (5), 6-2. The third representative of Russia in the top eight, No.6-seeded Yelena Dementyeva, will play against No.2 Amelie Mauresmo of France on Tuesday.
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