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Top Americans with little trouble

Americans Andy Roddick and Venus Williams were sharp in advancing to the third round at Wimbledon. In all, five Americans remain alive this year.

Updated: June 28, 2007, 3:23 PM ET
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BLAKE, VENUS ROLL INTO THIRD ROUND By Greg Garber, ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Lately, nothing is automatic for American tennis players, but Venus Williams and James Blake essentially held serve Thursday, beating Eastern Europeans ranked outside the top 100.

Blake ho-hummed Andrei Pavel of Romania 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, and Williams hammered the Czech Republic's Hana Sromova 6-2, 6-2.

And so, they have safely arrived in the third round. Blake will face 2003 French ...

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