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Venus Williams earns quarters

Updated: October 18, 2012, 4:05 PM ET
Associated Press

LUXEMBOURG -- Venus Williams, playing her first tournament since the U.S. Open, defeated ninth-seeded Mona Barthel 7-6 (4), 6-4 at the Luxembourg Open on Thursday despite six double-faults and four service breaks by her German opponent.

Williams struggled with a back problem at the U.S. Open.

Top-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy reached the quarterfinals, beating Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-4, 6-1. Andrea Petkovic of Germany, ranked 182nd, defeated third-seeded and former No. ...

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