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Monday, January 25, 2010

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Roddick advances at Australian Open

Andy Roddick held off 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando González, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, on Sunday in Melbourne to advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the sixth time in eight years.

The 27-year-old American will meet No. 14 Marin Cilic, who ousted U.S. Open champion Juan Martín del Potro in five sets.

Roddick bucked the trend on a day of upsets that resulted in fourth-round exits for two of the top women: No. 2 Dinara Safina, last year's runner-up, and No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova, the reigning French Open champion.

"I got a little lucky tonight, but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," said seventh-seeded Roddick, who hopes to end a Grand Slam drought that dates from the 2003 U.S. Open.

Sixth-seeded Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals for the seventh time with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Francesca Schiavone on Monday. She will play China's Li Na, who upset fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki, the U.S. Open finalist, 6-3, 6-2, in a 98-minute match featuring 12 service breaks

Safina retired because of the recurrence of a back injury. Kuznetsova lost, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, to Nadia Petrova. While the seeded players dropped, former No. 1 Justine Henin continued her run in her first Grand Slam tournament in two years with a 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 6-3 win over fellow Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

WINTER SPORTS

Coming off a three-week layoff, 36-year-old Daron Rahlves of the United States, on the cusp of his fourth Winter Olympics, won two of three heats on Sunday to make it to the World Cup skicross finals at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y., before faltering to fourth behind winner Christopher Delbosco of Canada.

In the men's final, Delbosco gained the lead at the start and never relinquished it, beating Andreas Matt of Austria and Canadian teammate David Duncan across the line as Rahlves faltered when the gate dropped and couldn't recover.

The U.S. freestyle team will be announced Tuesday, and Rahlves and Casey Puckett, recovering from a shoulder separation, are expected to be picked in skicross while the women's team likely will be shut out. . . .

Lindsey Vonn finished 19th in the giant slalom, not exactly the result she was aiming for after consecutive victories in super-G and downhill the past two days. She once again was critical of the way officials injected the course with water to create a more icy surface in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.


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