Dementieva advances: Elena Dementieva had more problems getting her match to start than with her opponent. "That was one of the more difficult matches I have ever played in my life after waiting like 4 1/2 hours, thanks to Coria," the sixth-seeded Dementieva said after beating Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-3 Monday. Dementieva and the No. 11 Schnyder played the second match of the day at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday. But they didn't start until about 4 p.m. because Guillermo Coria needed 4 hours, 32 minutes to beat Nicolas Massu 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2. Dementieva, the runner-up last year, advanced to the quarterfinals, where she will face second-seeded Lindsay Davenport, a 6-0, 6-3 winner over No. 15 Nathalie Dechy.
Longer rest: It will be another day before Donald Young takes on his own age group in the U.S. Open. The 16-year-old Young will play the final first-round juniors match when he faces Philip Bester of Canada today. The match was pushed back a day so that Bester, a finalist Saturday in the Canadian Juniors tournament, can get another day of rest. Young, seeded No. 1 in the juniors, already has seen singles action on the hard courts of the National Tennis Center. He lost his first-round match in the main draw to Giorgio Galimberti of Italy 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-2.
Ratings up: Highlighted by the fourth-round match between sisters Venus and Serena Williams, the ratings for CBS Sports' coverage of the tournament Sunday were up 15 percent over last year. The day's coverage peaked between 5:30 and 6 p.m. during the Williams' match, with a rating of 3.4 and share of 8. The Sunday broadcast earned an average overnight household rating of 2.3 and a share of 6, up from last year's 2.0 rating and a share of 5 in the metered markets.
Shanghai stop: Despite his first-round defeat, Andy Roddick is almost assured of earning a berth in the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup, to be held Nov. 13 to 20 in Shanghai, China. The only players to have clinched spots in the eight-man singles field are Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and French Open winner Rafael Nadal. The top seven finishers in the 2005 ATP Race qualify for a place at the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, while the eighth place goes to a Grand Slam tournament champion in 2005 who finishes between eighth and 20th in the ATP Race. If no player fits this classification, the eighth place goes to the player finishing eighth in the points race. Roddick is third in the ATP Race with 548, a total that would have qualified him for any of the previous Tennis Masters Cups.