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Venus breezes past Bardina to advance at Family Circle

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Venus Williams needed just 49 minutes to
reach the third round of the Family Circle Cup, defeating Vasilisa
Bardina 6-2, 6-1 Wednesday in a match briefly suspended because of
rain.

Williams, ranked No. 29, has been slowed by a wrist injury and
is playing in only her fourth tournament this year. Bardina, ranked
No. 55, broke serve to open the match, but from then on had
problems handling Williams' serve, clocked as high as 120 mph.

Williams, who won the Family Circle three years ago, next meets
Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan, who advanced Tuesday when Williams' sister,
Serena, retired with a pulled groin.

Five top players -- Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Amelie
Mauresmo, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin -- withdrew before
the tournament because of injuries.

"I definitely feel like my game is coming around," Williams
said. "I felt like in some of the games I'd make two or three
errors and I've really got to cut back on that, but I feel
confident."

Williams said it was just bad luck her sister was injured.

"I just want her to get better soon because we play Fed Cup
obviously next week, which is an important tie for us," she said.

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, ranked No. 9 and the highest
remaining seed at No. 2, also had an easy day, defeating Anastasia
Rodionova of Russia 6-1, 6-1.

Sixth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland was upset by Shuai
Peng of China, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Wednesday evening match.

Earlier, fourth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia, ranked No. 13,
defeated Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-3, 6-4. Fifth-seeded Shahar
Peer of Israel lost to Zheng Jie of China 6-2, 6-3. Seventh-seeded
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Gisela Dulko of Argentina 6-0, 6-7
(5), 6-4.

Tatiana Golovin of France, who won her first tour title last
week at Amelia Island, Fla., advanced to the third round with a
6-0, 6-1 win over Jill Craybas of the United States. Golovin,
ranked No. 19, is seeded 10th.

Other second-round winners included Mara Santangelo of Italy,
Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain, Vera Zvonareva of Russia and
Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain. Sybille Bammer of Austria
advanced when Virginie Razzano of France retired with an upset
stomach. Bammer was up 6-0, 3-0.

Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain defeated Francesca Schiavone of
Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 while Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia defeated
Aravane Rezal of France, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-5.