New York, August 31:
James Blake finally managed to win a fifth set. Blake ended his 0-for-9 drought in matches that go the distance, outlasting Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the US Open on Thursday to win a 3-hour, 25-minute struggle. Three of Blakeâ€™s previous fifth-set flops came at Flushing Meadows, including against Andre Agassi in 2005.
No 5 Andy Roddick, advanced to the third round when Jose Acasuso retired with a knee injury. The score was 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 when Acasuso decided he couldnâ€™t continue.
Sharapova overwhelmed 90th-ranked Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-1, 6-0. Swiss Martina Hingis beat 106th-ranked Pauline Parmentier of France 6-2, 7-5. The fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Camille Pin of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
Nicole Vaidisova had the loudest shot of the day session. The 13th-seeded Czech Republican severely bent her racket when she slammed it into a chair during a changeover, then came back to sweep a tiebreaker and beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-2, 7-6 (0).
Bowing out of the tournament, at least in singles, was Bethanie Mattek. Known for her outlandish outfits, she didnâ€™t disappoint. Mattek lost to No 18 Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-1.
In other matches, No 4 Nikolay Davydenko disposed of Germanyâ€™s Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; No 10 Tommy Haas beat fellow German Philipp Petzschner 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5; No 9 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 and No 19 Andy Murray of Britain stopped Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
On the womenâ€™s side, No 6 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia beat Nicole Pratt of Australia 6-3, 6-4, No 7 Nadia Petrova beat Anastasia Rodionova 7-5, 6-1 in a Russian matchup, No 11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland stopped Severine Bremond of France 6-3, 6-0 and No 26 Sania Mirza of India defeated Laura Granville 6-3, 7-5.