Serena Williams advances at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Serena Williams, Amelie Mauresmo and Jennifer Capriati were among the winners Friday in the third round of the U.S. Open.

Williams, a two-time Open champ and this year's third seed, bounced back from a slow start to defeat France's Tatiana Golovin, 7-5, 6-4.


The second-seeded Mauresmo cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Maria Vento-Kabchi while the eighth-seeded Capriati had to battle before eliminating Russia's Vera Douchevina, 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3.

Williams lost four of the first five games in her match, but bounced back to take control. She will next play Switzerland's Patty Schnyder, who ousted Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6).

Capriati breezed through the first set in 17 minutes, but needed two breaks in the third set to move on.

Capriati will next meet 12th-seeded Ai Sugiyama, who crushed Jelena Kostanic, 6-1, 6-3.

Russians Elena Dementieva and Vera Zvonareva also advanced and will meet in the fourth round.

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