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Li, Venus strike early blow for Wimbledon seniors

Published on Jun 25, 2014 9:37 PM
 
China's Li Na returns against Austria's Yvonne Meusburger during their women's singles second round match on day three of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, south-west London, on June 25, 2014. Li and five-time champion Venus Williams struck early blows for the Wimbledon thirty-somethings on Wednesday with straight-sets wins which took them into the third round. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Second seed Li Na and five-time champion Venus Williams struck early blows for the Wimbledon thirty-somethings on Wednesday with straight-sets wins which took them into the third round.

Australian Open champion Li, a three-time quarter-finalist at the All England Club, swept to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Austria's Yvonne Meusburger, hitting 33 winners to just four from the world number 38.

Li, 32, goes on to face Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.

Williams, 34, and playing in her 17th Wimbledon, defeated pint-sized Japanese Kurumi Nara 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 in a battle of little and large on Court 3.

 
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