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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Ticker) -- Top seed Venus Williams of the United States and the next three seeded players all were victorious Thursday in the quarterfinals of the $585,000 Dubai Women's Open.

Williams defeated a Russian opponent for the second straight day as she notched a 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Anastasia Myskina. On Wednesday, Williams improved to 7-0 lifetime against Anna Kournikova, beating her for the second time in as many weeks.

The 21-year-old Williams captured her WTA Tour-leading third title on Sunday when she defeated Justin Henin of Belgium, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, in the final at Antwerp. She opened the year with a victory at Gold Coast, Australia and claimed the Open Gaz de France in Paris two weeks ago.

Williams is 17-1 in 2002, with her lone defeat coming to countrywoman Monica Seles in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month.

Seles, the second seed, had an easier time Thursday, breezing to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Angeles Montolio of Spain.

Seles captured her 52nd career title with a straight-sets victory over Tamarine Tanasugarn on Sunday in the Qatar Open. The 28-year-old is within three titles of Britain's Virginia Wade for seventh place on the WTA list of most career tournament victories in the Open era (since 1968).

Seles, who finished last year with a flourish by capturing three straight crowns, is 20-4 this season, reaching at least the semifinals in all five events she has played this year.

Third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France, who has six career titles, faces Seles in the semifinals. Mauresmo, who has lost twice to Williams this year, defeated Slovakian Tina Pisnik, 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.

Fourth seed Frenchwoman Sandrine Testud, who is seeking her fourth career title, eliminated sixth-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-2, 6-0. Testud, who reached the quarterfinals here last year, improved to 3-1 lifetime against Tanasugarn.

The champion collects $93,000.
 
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