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Tennis: Venus advances, Serena set for WTA return at Stanford

Published on Jul 30, 2014 3:58 PM
 
Venus Williams returns a shot to Paula Kania of Poland during Day 2 of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 29, 2014, in Stanford, California. Williams advanced to the second round of the WTA Stanford hardcourt tournament Tuesday by defeating Poland’s Paula Kania 6-3, 6-2. -- PHOTO: AFP

STANFORD, United States (AFP) - Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams advanced to the second round of the WTA Stanford hardcourt tournament Tuesday by defeating Poland’s Paula Kania 6-3, 6-2.

Williams booked a second-round match against world number 10 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the US Open tuneup event.

Azarenka, the fourth seed, has a first-round bye.

Another highly anticipated second-round matchup at the event will see world number one Serena Williams, a 17-time Slam champion who exited Wimbledon after struggling with a virus in a weak doubles showing with her sister, face 45th-ranked Czech Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday night.

 
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