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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Mallory Burdette
Filling a mostly empty stadium court with her familiar shrieks Wednesday, the world's former No. 1 player beat Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-1, 6-4 in a match postponed one day because of rain. That meant Azarenka reached the second round 72 hours after some players.
The Spaniard survived an early scare Monday and successfully began his bid for an eighth title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3.
Upset in the first round a year ago, Williams channeled any lingering frustration into her overpowering strokes and drubbed Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1.
His match tightening up, John Isner still had the tiebreaker.
Victoria Azarenka looks quite comfortable so far on the hard courts at Flushing Meadows.
Mallory Burdette opened the summer plotting how she would take pre-med courses to pursue her dream of studying psychiatry.
Former U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin has received a wild card into this year's tournament.
"It's a bit of a challenge," she said. "You have to change up your strategy a little bit, especially if you're a big hitter. It takes a little bit of effort, but it's fun."