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Venus cruises; Capriati survives upset bid

Updated: May 6, 2004, 12:57 PM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- Venus Williams overwhelmed Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi 6-3, 6-1 in the third round of the German Open on Thursday, showing the full range of her power game.

Williams ran her winning streak to 13 matches, slamming winners all over the court and landing her big first serve against the 16th-seeded Israeli at a clay-court tuneup for the French Open.

"It was definitely better than yesterday -- I was just trying to make things happen and I started attacking the net," the third-seeded ...

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