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Venus beats Chakvetadze in Hong Kong

Updated: January 9, 2009, 11:01 AM ET
Associated Press

HONG KONG -- Venus Williams beat Anna Chakvetadze in straight sets Friday and Vera Zvonareva defeated Gisela Dulko to leave Team Americas and Team Russia tied 1-1 in the best-of-five final of a women's exhibition tournament.

Williams bested Chakvetadze 7-6 (1), 6-3 before Zvonareva survived a comeback by Dulko to beat the Argentine 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

Chakvetadze played well in the first set, responding to Williams' power-hitting with crafty counter-punching and big hitting of ...

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