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Serena Williams advances at Madrid

Updated: May 7, 2012, 9:08 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Serena Williams beat Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Madrid Open's second round, while sister Venus lost 6-4, 6-1 to Angelique Kerber on Monday.

Serena Williams, seeded ninth, had 13 aces and 40 winners against Vesnina, who was struggling with her game on the slippery blue clay court. The Russian lost her balance in the sixth game and set up a break point for Williams, who pulled ahead to lead 4-2.

Williams' ninth ace of the match provided a set point for the ...

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