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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ricardas Berankis
U.S. Open champion Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the 19th consecutive time with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 win over Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis at the Australian Open on Saturday.
With the third round complete for the leading players at Melbourne Park, only one of the first eight men's seeds did not advance: No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro. Six of the eight top women were through.
Maria Sharapova leaned back and pumped her arms. She ripped her elbows back and forth, screaming after her victory. Four pumps, five — she rocked forward — six pumps. More. Sharapova had just defeated Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 Friday, her first victory over the seven-time major winner in a Grand Slam. This was a match clearly worth celebrating, but it was if Sharapova had won the Australian Open title eight days early.
Before his second-round match Thursday night, Mardy Fish asked his coach and trainer if they were hot. The sun was setting at Rock Creek Park, but it was still well over 80 degrees. Yes, they replied, they were hot.
Donald Young's 22nd birthday was a little more than a week ago, and his tennis career has not taken off the way he _ and plenty of others _ figured it would when he turned pro as a teen in 2004.