Federer, Serena Williams Advance at US Open While Roddick to Retire

By Lisa Marsh on August 31, 2012 8:43am 

QUEENS — Serena Williams and Roger Federer took to the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium Thursday — and they didn't disappoint.

Both players cruised to straight-set wins in second-round play at the US Open, while Serena's sister Venus was knocked out in three sets by Germany's Angelique Kerber

Defending Wimbledon champ Federer, playing in prime time last night, looked strong in his victory over Bjorn Phau.

Serena Williams also cruised, defeating Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, while fourth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost in four sets to Slovakia's Marin Klizan, becoming the highest-seeded player to be bounced so far.

Off the court, Andy Roddick, who took title in 2003, announced Thursday on his 30th birthday that he intends to retire after the tournament. He's set to play Australian teen Bernard Tomic under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium Friday night in what could be his final match.

Actress Sofia Vergara turned out to watch the Federer match, as did Stefan "Redfoo" Gordy from the pop band LMFAO, who has been a fixture in the Lacoste box this week.

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