Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Simona Halep from Romania returns the ball to Lara Arruabarrena from Spain during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Tennis: Serena Williams, Nadal cruise to Madrid 3rd round
First Published May 07 2014 11:32 am • Last Updated May 09 2014 11:56 pm

Madrid • Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defenses facing little strain on Wednesday.

Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, 6-3 win that was her 14th straight on the clay of the Magic Box tennis center, where the top-seeded American dominated her Chinese opponent on serve by firing 11 aces.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Williams, who moves on to face Spanish player Carla Suarez Navarro, looked fresh and focused while dismissing any injury fears despite a heavily wrapped left leg.

"I just had some issues and went preventive to make sure I didn’t make anything worse," said Williams. "I’m literally taking it one day, one match at a time, and not putting any pressure on myself."

Nadal, meanwhile, certainly fed his confidence with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Juan Monaco of Argentina, just what the top-seeded Spaniard needed after coming to the Spanish capital on his worst clay run in a decade.

Nadal, the greatest ever player on the red surface, failed to advance past the quarterfinals of his last two clay tournaments. But after Monaco broke to get to within 2-1, Nadal did not relent as he didn’t drop another game at Manolo Santana center court.

"Each victory helps to raise your confidence," Nadal said. "I started a little nervously in my movement. But I got better, and now I just have to prepare for tomorrow."

Nadal’s hopes of winning a second clay event after his triumph in Rio de Janeiro this year were bolstered on Tuesday when Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka lost and Roger Federer withdrew for the birth of his second set of twins. Second-ranked Novak Djokovic was absent to injury.

"I didn’t even get to the necessary round to face them at the last tournaments," said Nadal, dismissing his chances despite the marquee absentees. "Every rival is difficult."

Nadal faces Jarrko Nieminen next after the Finn beat Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-2.


story continues below
story continues below

Also, Tomas Berdych moved to a perfect 11-0 against Kevin Anderson following his 6-1, 6-4 win over the South African.

"I always like to play here. It’s a bit faster because of the altitude, which suits my game well and means I can serve well and play aggressively," the sixth-seeded Czech said. "There was also the aspect of the many matches I’ve played with Kevin and all of them went my way."

In other women’s results, fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania advanced, while Roberta Vinci of Italy knocked out Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3.

Andy Murray returns to the clay for the first time in nearly one year later Wednesday against Nicolas Almagro. David Ferrer, the next highest remaining seed after Nadal at No. 5, faces John Isner.

———

Follow Paul Logothetis on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PaulLogoAP



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.