NEW YORK - Serena Williams overwhelmed Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-1 to reach the third round of the U.S. Open Thursday, showing why many consider her the favorite to win a fourth championship at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam title overall.
She has lost three games in two matches this week. She's won 14 matches in a row and 29 of her last 30 on hard courts. On Thursday, she hit 10 aces, erased the only break point she faced, compiled a 25-5 edge in winners and made only 10 unforced errors in a powerful display that lasted all of 49 minutes.
That was part of a pattern in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Day 4 of the year's last Grand Slam tournament: Winners Williams, Novak Djokovic (two), Roger Federer (seven), Caroline Wozniacki (two), and Francesca Schiavone (two) combined to lose a total of 14 games in five matches.
Tennis fans who wanted some drama needed to watch Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up, outlast No. 7-seeded Gael Monfils 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 at a packed Louis Armstrong Stadium. At 4 hours, 48 minutes, it was the longest match of the tournament.
Dougherty leads Euro Masters; McIlroy 2nd
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland - Nick Dougherty shot an 8-under 63 Thursday to lead Rory McIlroy by two shots after the first round of the European Masters.
Martin Kaymer, Lee Sung and Gary Boyd also were two shots behind the leader. Kaymer had seven birdies and just one bogey in his 65.
Second-ranked Lee Westwood and British Open winner Darren Clarke were in a group of six players at 4 under.
• The PGA Tour has agreed on a deal with NBC Sports and CBS Sports that secures television rights for the next 10 years. The TV contract runs through 2021. That's also when the tour's 15-year deal with The Golf Channel expires. CBS will continue to have about 20 tournaments, with NBC getting 10 events and the Golf Channel broadcasting the others.
Jockey Desormeaux arrested after crash
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Kent Desormeaux, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, was arrested on charges he tried to run over a traffic cop outside Saratoga Race Course.
Desormeaux, 41, of Weston, Fla., was leaving the historic track in his 2003 Porsche Wednesday afternoon when he struck the officer, Saratoga Springs police said. The officer's condition wasn't released.
• In San Diego, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges resulting from his July 20 arrest hours after winning the opening-day stakes race at Del Mar.
• Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was arrested in Minnesota on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Hennepin County sheriff's officials in Minneapolis said Byfuglien, 26, was arrested Wednesday evening on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minn.
• In the WNBA, Jia Perkins scored 23 points and Becky Hammon had 16 to lead the host San Antonio Silver Stars to an 86-68 victory over the Phoenix Mercury. DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points and Diana Taurasi added 18 for Phoenix (17-13), which could have clinched a playoff spot with a win.
• Italian soccer clubs proposed a one-year labor agreement on Thursday in an effort to end a players' strike that already forced the postponement of the first round of games in the country's top league. Both sides want to reach an agreement before the second round begins Sept. 9.