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U.S. Open Tennis Results 2012: Favorites Shine In Wednesday's Action

Wednesday's action at the 2012 U.S. Open concluded with No. 3 seed Andy Murray defeating the unranked Ivan Dodig in three straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-3. It was a good day all around for the top seeds as Victoria Azarenka, No. 1 in the women's singles draw, defeated Kirsten Flipkens. Third-seeded Maria Sharapova beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino, and No. 4 seed David Ferrer beat Kevin Anderson.

Local representatives at the U.S. Open did well for the day, with Tampa resident and top-seeded American John Isner advancing in the men's singles bracket with a win over Xavier Malisse. Serena and Venus Williams, both residents of Palm Beach Gardens, advanced in the women's doubles draw by beating Lindsay Lee-Waters and Megan Moulton-Levy. Ft. Lauderdale's Sloane Stephens also advanced in the women's doubles bracket, as she and Rajeev Ram beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau. Not all of the local representatives are so lucky, as Tampa resident James Blake and his partner Sam Querrey were eliminated from the men's doubles draw.

For a complete scoreboard, visit SI.com.

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