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Li Na, Venus Williams advance to third round at Wimbledon

Li Na, Venus Williams advance to third round at Wimbledon

Li Na advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-2, 6-2 win on Wednesday over Yvonne Meusburger of Austria.

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Australian Open champion Li Na advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-2, 6-2 win on Wednesday over Yvonne Meusburger of Austria.

The second-seeded Li had two early service breaks and was also broken once on her service early in the second set, but took control at 4-2 and then broke the Austrian player a third time in the set.

Serving for the match, Li clinched the win with consecutive forehands to the open court and then a cross-court backhand volley.

Meusburger had only four winners in the match, compared to 33 for Li.

Li, also the 2011 French Open champion, reached last year's quarter-finals. She'll play either Elena Vesnina or Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the third round.

In another match, five-time champion Venus Williams overcame a slow start to beat Kurumi Nara 7-6 (4), 6-1 to reach the third round of a major for only the second time in her last 10 Grand Slam tournaments.

The 30th-seeded American won six straight points in the tiebreaker and ran off six straight games in the second set to beat Nara on Court 3 at the All England Club.

Williams served seven aces and had 43 winners. Nara took a medical timeout and received treatment from the trainer on her upper left leg.

Williams, winner of seven Grand Slam titles, lost in the first round in her last appearance at Wimbledon in 2012.

Also advancing was second-seeded Australian Open champion Li Na, who beat Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-2, 6-2.


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