AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Benneteau held serve to open the second set but Roddick went on a five-game run. He won the set on another error by the Frenchman, who wore ice packs on his neck in the breaks between games to cope with the heat. The extreme heat policy was put in effect today when the temperature exceeded 96 degrees. New matches on outside courts were suspended for an hour under the so-called heat stress index guideline, which combines the ambient air temperature and court surface temperature. Roddick, who had 28 winners and only 16 unforced errors, said he didn’t mind the heat and wasn’t in any particular hurry despite finishing in 1 hour, 22 minutes. His next opponent is Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who beat Denis Gremelmayr 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. Women’s No. 1 Lindsay Davenport endured 2 hours, 19 minutes on Rod Laver Arena while play was suspended elsewhere, holding off Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Davenport struggled in the heat, hitting 42 unforced errors. She clinched it on her second match point as thick storm clouds loomed over from the southwest, cooling conditions off. “It’s tough. The courts are real sticky,” Davenport said. She next plays 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, one of four Russians advancing to the fourth round. Maria Sharapova also didn’t waste time in the heat, routing Jelena Kostanic 6-0, 6-1 and setting up a possible fourth-round showdown with Serena Williams. Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, lost to Williams in the semifinals here last year after twice serving for the match and squandering three match points. Williams, the defending champion, was playing No. 17 Daniela Hantuchova later today, with the winner advancing to play the fourth-seeded Sharapova. “It’ll be great,” Sharapova said, referring to a possible matchup with Williams. “Of course I was disappointed last year. But … I’ll get my revenge.” French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Virginie Razzano. On the men’s side, No. 4 David Nalbandian, the Masters Cup champion, was to play Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen. No. 11 David Ferrer beat No. 18 Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, and Fabrice Santoro overcame No. 8 Gaston Gaudio 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-4 in an entertaining match that lasted 3 hours, 47 minutes. Third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt was upset 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-2 by Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela on Thursday night, so the draw has opened up for Roddick and top-ranked Roger Federer, who is on the other half. Martina Hingis, continued her impressive comeback with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Finland’s Emma Laine on Thursday. Hingis left the tour three years ago because of foot, heel and ankle injuries. Kim Clijsters overcame 48 unforced errors to beat Yuan Meng 6-4, 6-2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m just trying to be aggressive,” Roddick said. He clinched the first set in 19 minutes when Benneteau’s backhand landed long. When the ball came back from Roddick, Benneteau angrily belted it into the crowd. MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Roddick had 17 aces in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over French qualifier Julien Benneteau today, hustling through the third round as temperatures started rising at the Australian Open. The 23-year-old American, seeded second, won 17 of the first 18 points against Benneteau, hitting five aces in his first two service games and racing to a 5-0 lead.
Tennis: Roddick aces qualifier