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U.S. tennis player Serena Williams smiles during a media conference at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007

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Williams secures serene progress

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Serena Williams eased into the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with a 6-0 6-0 whitewash of lucky loser Zuzana Ondraskova.
The sixth-seeded American, who has won eight grand slam titles during her career, needed just 47 minutes to get past her Czech opponent.
Defending champion Nadia Petrova overcame a nervy start in her first-round match to claim a 2-6 6-1 6-1 success over German wildcard Tatjana Malek.
And Russian compatriot Elena Dementieva also secured her safe passage following a 6-2 7-5 victory over former world number one Amelie Mauresmo.
In other matches on Tuesday, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska upset Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli 0-6 6-2 6-1, Shahar Peer posted a 6-1 7-6 (8/6) victory over Italy's Francesca Schiavone and qualifier Julia Vakulenko ran out a 6-4 6-4 winner against Germany's Julia Goerges.

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Williams displays vintage style in Germany

Stuttgart, Germany - American Serena Williams destroyed unseeded Zuzana Ondraskova 6-0, 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix in vintage style.

The sixth seed needed only 47 minutes to blow away her Czech opponent at the $650 000 indoor tournament.

"I thought I played really well," Williams told reporters after brushing aside Ondraskova, a late replacement for the injured Elena Bovina.

"I'm just glad to be back," added the American, who has not played at the tournament since 1999 when it was held at Filderstadt.

Holder Nadia Petrova had to put a poor start behind her to beat German wildcard Tatjana Malek 2-6 6-1 6-1.

The Russian dropped her serve twice in the first set, conceding it in 32 minutes at the Porsche Arena via a series of unforced errors.

Seventh seed Petrova improved markedly in the second, keeping Malek pinned back with her more powerful groundstrokes as she raced into a 5-0 lead.

The deciding set was also one-sided as Petrova wrapped up victory in 93 minutes on her second match point.

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska beat Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli 0-6 6-2 6-1 while Elena Dementieva of Russia overcame former world number one Amelie Mauresmo 6-2 7-5.

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Serena Williams powers into Stuttgart's second round


By Ryland James
Agence France-Presse
Last updated 10:40am (Mla time) 10/03/2007


STUTTGART, Germany -- Serena Williams blasted her way into the second round of Stuttgart's WTA tournament while France's Amelie Mauresmo became the first big-name casualty on Tuesday.
Serena Williams opened her campaign with a rapid-fire 6-0, 6-0 win over the Czech Republic's Zuzana Ondraskova, the first lucky loser from the main draw after Williams' original opponent Elena Bobina withdrew with an ankle injury.
The 27-year-old right-hander, ranked 140th in the world, was totally outclassed by sixth-seed Williams' power game and was dumped out in just 48 relentless minutes.
"I was pleased with that," said Australian Open champion Williams, who will face Julia Vakulenko in the second round after the Ukrainian's 6-4, 6-4 win over Germany's Julia Goerges late on Tuesday night.
"That was a good start and I am looking forward to seeing how far I go here in Stuttgart."
Earlier in the evening, Mauresmo was beaten 6-2, 7-5 by Russian Elena Dementieva, ranked 15th in the world, in 57 minutes as the French star made several first set errors and gave herself too much to do in the second.
The game was poised at 5-5 in the second when Dementieva broke her French opponent and held her serve to reach the second round where she will face either Lucie Safarova or eighth seed Daniela Hantuchova.
"I just didn't play well in the first set and playing someone like Elena you need your rhythm from the start," said the 28-year-old who is 12th in the WTA rankings.
"The second set was much better, the level of my game improved and I tried to be more aggressive, but I made too many mistakes."
Earlier defending champion Nadia Petrova, who beat France's Tatiana Golovin in last year's final, recovered to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the Porsche Arena against spirited local Tatjana Malek to reach the second round.
The Russian dropped her serve twice in the first set through a series of unforced errors, but stepped up her game in the second and kept the German pinned back with her powerful game to win in 93 minutes.
"It wasn't an easy match for me," said Petrova who admitted struggling with a leg injury recently having exited last month's US Open in the third round and suffered a second round defeat in Luxemburg last week.
"My head was a bit of a mess after the first set and I was worried a bit about the leg. I was trying to find my confidence and rhythm.
"But I knew what I had to do and I knew in my heart there was no way this girl was going to beat me. I have been in this situation a few times and I just got on with the job."
The seventh-seeded Russian will play Italian Karin Knapp in the second round and looks set for a show-down with third seed Jelena Jankovic in the third round.
But Malek admitted her performance against Petrova had given her the confidence to try to break into the top hundred from her ranking of 106th in the world.
"I just tried to play the best tennis I could," said the 20-year-old.
"I was pleased with my performance, especially when I took the first set, but I would have been happier if I had beaten her.
"She is seventh in the world and it showed in the way she responded."
Earlier in the day, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska beat France's Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli 0-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The Pole, ranked 36th in the world will play world number two and second seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round.
And Israel's Shahar Peer will take on Serbian Jankovic in the second round after beating Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 7-6 (8/6) on Tuesday.

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Serena Williams of the USA serves the ball to Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine at the WTA Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007.

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Serena Williams of the USA holds her racket as she warms up for her match against Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine at the WTA Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007.

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Kuznetsova, Serena reach Stuttgart quarters


Stuttgart, Germany (Sports Network) - U.S. Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova and Australian Open champion Serena Williams were a pair of second-round winners Wednesday at the $650,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
The second-seeded Kuznetsova held off Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, while the sixth-seeded former world No. 1 Williams handled Ukrainian Julia Vakulenko 7-5, 6-2 at Porsche Arena.
Kuznetsova and Williams will lock horns here in Friday's quarterfinals.
A second-round upset came when France's Tatiana Golovin, who titled in Slovenia two weeks ago, grounded fourth-seeded Russian Anna Chakvetadze 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. Golovin was last year's Stuttgart runner-up to Russian Nadia Petrova. Chakvetadze appeared in the U.S. Open semifinals last month.
The first round concluded with a quartet of matches here on Day 3, as fifth- seeded French Open runner-up Ana Ivanovic of Serbia rolled past Swiss Patty Schnyder 6-0, 6-2 and eighth-seeded Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, the 2002 Porsche runner-up, humbled Czech Lucie Safarova 6-1, 6-3. The red-hot Ivanovic is fresh off her title last week in Luxembourg, where she topped Hantuchova in the finale.
In other opening-round play, Dutch qualifier Michaella Krajicek bested Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 6-2 and Kateryna Bondarenko erased Italian and fellow qualifier Karin Knapp 7-5, 6-0.
Second-round matches will come Thursday for world No. 1 Belgian Justine Henin, third-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic, Ivanovic and a seventh-seeded Petrova. The French Open and U.S. Open titlist Henin, the 2001 and 2003 Stuttgart runner-up, will face Russian Dinara Safina, while Jankovic will encounter Israeli Shahar Peer, Ivanovic will meet Kateryna Bondarenko and Petrova will tangle with Krajicek. The 2007 Stuttgart titlist will claim $92,410.
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Serena Williams reaches quarterfinals at Porsche Grand Prix
October 3, 2007
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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Serena Williams defeated qualifier Julia Vakulenko 7-5, 6-2 Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.
Williams, who led 4-1 in the first set before Vakulenko tied it 4-4, won on a net cord return. Williams dropped serve in the first game of the second set before pulling away at 3-1.
"I got upset, I went a little crazy," Williams said. "I felt I should have done better. But it's important to stay positive."
The seventh-ranked Williams, who returned to the event for the first time since 1999, will play second-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat teenager Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
Tatiana Golovin, last year's runner-up, upset U.S. Open semifinalist Anna Chakvetadze 7-6 (3), 6-1. Fifth-ranked Ana Ivanovic advanced to the second round by cruising past Patty Schnyder 6-0, 6-2.
Ivanovic rolled through the first set in 18 minutes and won the first eight games of the match.
"I really played so well, I didn't do anything wrong," she said. "I was trying to keep up my level but it's hard and the second set was close although the score doesn't show it."
Ivanovic, a finalist at Roland Garros and semifinalist in Wimbledon, is coming off her third tournament victory of the season after a win Sunday in Luxembourg.
"I am really enjoying it now, I am confident about my game," she said.
Kuznetsova bounced back after losing the second set by winning the next five games.
"She played very well in the second set and I didn't do the things I wanted to do," said the Russian, who had a bye in the first round. "I knew she couldn't go on like that for three sets."
Kuznetsova, the U.S. Open runner-up, held three break points at 5-5 in the second set, but Radwanska saved them and won the tiebreaker on a backhand passing shot.
The 18-year-old Radwanska defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova in the third round of the U.S. Open, then won her first title last month in Stockholm, Sweden.
Kuznetsova is looking for her second title of the year at the Porsche Grand Prix, which has eight of the top 10 players. Only Sharapova and Venus Williams are absent. Also, Daniela Hantuchova defeated Lucie Safarova 6-1, 6-3, Kateryna Bondarenko topped Karin Knapp 7-5, 6-0 and Michaella Krajicek defeated Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 6-2.

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Sister secrets may see Serena into Stuttgart tennis semis

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STUTTGART, Germany (AFP) — Australian Open champion Serena Williams plans to ask sister Venus for advice how to beat second-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova ahead of their quarter-final clash at Stuttgart's WTA tournament.
Sixth seed Williams reached the last eight with a 7-5, 6-2 second-round win over Ukrainian Julia Vakulenko on Wednesday evening at Stuttgart's Porsche Arena and now faces the second-seeded Russian on Friday.
Williams last played Kuznetsova in 2004 while sister Venus beat the Russian in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon this year and Serena says she will ring her sister, who is currently playing at Tokyo's Japan Open, for advice.
"I'll have to ask Venus for advice on how to beat Svetlana, I haven't played her for a few years," said Williams.
"She is a tough player to beat, very strong and fast around the court."
Williams was not pleased with her performance against Vakulenko and says she will have to step up her game against Kuznetsova.
Earlier in the day, the Russian had a tough three-set win over plucky Polish player Agnieszka Radwanska which included a marathon second set 65-minute slog settled by a tie-breaker which Kuznetsova lost.
But the Russian raced to a 5-0 lead in the third set before easing her way to a 6-3 win to claim victory in the two hour, 14 minute marathon match.
World number two Kuznetsova, 22, lost both her two previous WTA meetings with Serena Williams in 2004.
"It will be a tough match, but it is the sort of game players want as it pushes you up to another level," said the Russian when asked about Friday's quarter-final clash.
"I have never beaten her, but the last time I played her was about three years ago and I am a different sort of player now."
Fourth-seeded Russian Anna Chakvetadze was the first seed to go out of the tournament when she was beaten by France's Tatiana Golovin in consecutive sets.
After the first set took more than an hour and was decided on a tie-breaker, Chakvetadze was clearly not happy to fall a set behind.
She was broken three times as she capitulated in the second set which was over after just 24 minutes as she lost 7-6 (7/3), 6-1.
Ana Ivanovic, who beat Golovin in the quarter-finals on the way to winning last week's WTA tournament in Luxembourg, is the French right-handers likely quarter-final opponent in Stuttgart.
The pretty Serb is chasing her fourth WTA title this year and powered past Patty Schnyder in straight sets, needing just 47 minutes to wrap up a 6-0, 6-2 win.
"I am hoping to give her more of a game than last week," said Golovin, who was beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Ivanovich in Luxembourg.
"The way I played last week, she didn't really have to do much to beat me and I am hoping to give her a much harder game this time round."
Ivanovic white-washed her Swiss opponent in the first set in just 18 breathless minutes and also she slowed in the second, Schyder was powerless as Ivanovic served an ace to take the second set and the match.
The 20-year-old Serb will face Kateryna Bondarenko in Thursday's second-round after the Ukrainian beat Italy's Karin Knapp 7-5, 6-0 earlier on Wednesday.
Eighth-seed Daniela Hantuchova had an easier than expected time in her 6-1, 6-3 win over the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova.
And defending champion Nadia Petrova will play Michaella Krajicek from the Netherlands in the second round after the Dutch player beat Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 6-2 in Wednesday's first round.

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Stuttgart, Germany (October 1): Serena Williams spoke to the media during a pre-tournament press conference on Monday. Williams is at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix for the first time since 1999

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