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Williams advances to second round at J&S Cup

Williams advances to second round at J&S Cup

Venus Williams beat Michaella Krajicek 6-4, 6-3 Wednesday in the first round at the clay-court J&S Cup.
Williams traded breaks early in the first set with the 18-year-old Krajicek before breaking again at 5-4 to win the first set.
She broke her Dutch opponent again to lead 4-2 in the second set and cruised from there.
"I think that when I make mistakes that I'm able to correct it on the court, and I think that's really important," Williams said. "Clay is definitely about a rhythm, staying in a rhythm."
The former top-ranked American is playing in her fourth tournament this year after an injury-plagued 2006. She next plays seventh-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia.
"It'll be a good match, we've played some close matches," Williams said. "The last match we played was the Fed Cup, and it went my way for the USA _ but they won the Cup."
In the second round, Mara Santangelo upset fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova 6-3, 6-3; third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied past Kateryna Bondarenko 2-6, 6-2, 6-1; sixth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze beat Tathhiana Garbin 6-2, 6-2; and Alona Bondarenko topped Agnieszka Radwanska 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The 31st-ranked Santangelo easily won the first set, but the ninth-ranked Petrova jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second. Santangelo then won the next six games.
"I tried to do my best, be aggressive and play my game and try to get the points, not wait for the points," Santangelo said. "I'm playing good since the beginning of the year and I'm confident, I'm feeling good physically and mentally."
The 25-year-old Italian could next meet top-seeded Justine Henin, who plays Anna-Lena Groenefeld on Thursday, while second-seeded Kim Clijsters faces Julia Vakulenko.


Updated : 2021-03-06 22:49 GMT+08:00