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Two major challengers to Serena Willams fade out at U.S. Open

Two major challengers to Serena Willams fade out at U.S. Open

After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus, talk at the U.S. Open turned to who might be able to derail Serena's Grand Slam quest.

The quick, easy — and likely correct — answer was: nobody.

The leading candidates seemed to be Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, a two-time Wimbledon champion, and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, a two-time Australian Open champion and twice a loser in the finals here to Williams.

Then, in their quarterfinals Wednesday, the leading candidates lost.

Kvitova, with a big left-handed serve and deep strokes that seemed a threat to Williams, faded badly in a third set and lost to Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 4-6, 6-4,...

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