Sunday was neither a day of rest or salvation for top players Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, Vera Zvonareva or Nadia Petrova. Each player was knocked out in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open.
Americans Venus and Serena Williams did not fall victim to the Sunday blues of the other ladies. Both Venus and Serena displayed convincing wins as they moved into the round of 16.
German Anna-Lena Groenefeld fell in straight sets to Venus 6-4, 6-3, and China’s Shuai Peng did likewise to Serena 7-5, 6-2.
In a fairly routine victory, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga knocked out American qualifier Robert Kendrick 7-5, 6-4.
Tsonga will confront fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in the round of 16.
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