Mauresmo powers into last eight

Amelie Mauresmo powered into the quarter-finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadow with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Amelie Mauresmo powered into the quarter-finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadow with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Schiavone is one of the few players in the women’s draw who can match the Frenchwoman’s power but when Mauresmo broke to go 3-2 up in the first set she never looked back.

Mauresmo went 4-0 up in the second set when breaking Schiavone twice and although the 16th seed broke back she lost her serve again and the match was over.

The second seed now meets sixth seed Elena Dementieva, who rallied for a 1-6 6-4 6-3 victory over fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva.

America’s Serena Williams also won her fourth-round match, beating Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-4 6-2.

Third seed Williams, again wearing a controversial black outfit, was too powerful for the Swiss player who was seeded 15.

She clinched victory with an ace on her third match point.

In the quarter-finals, Williams will again renew her rivalry with fellow countrywoman Jennifer Capriati, who weathered a rough patch before beating 12th seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan 7-5 6-2.

“I like playing Jennifer a lot, I really do,” said Williams, who is 10-6 lifetime against Capriati. “She brings out the best in me.”

Williams and Capriati will meet for the third straight time in a Grand Slam event.

Capriati won in three sets in the quarter-finals of the French Open and Williams responded with a straight-sets last-eight triumph at Wimbledon.

“I’m sure it will be pretty even,” Capriati said. “Maybe I’ll have my fans, she’ll have her fans.

“I’ve played her at my best, me at my worst. I can only worry about myself, really.”

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