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S. Williams runs win streak to 16 matches

May 6, 2008 at 3:03 PM   |   Comments

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BERLIN, May 6 (UPI) -- Serena Williams ran her 2008 record to 20-1 with a straight-set victory Tuesday in the second round of the $1.34 million German Open clay court tournament.

Williams, seeded fifth, notched her 16th consecutive match win with a 6-2, 6-3 romp over Francesca Schiavone in a second-round match. She is going for her fourth consecutive tournament title. If she wins the German Open, she'll take home $196,600.

No. 7-seeded Elena Dementieva and eighth-seeded Marion Bartoli also had impressive wins Tuesday. Dementieva stopped Kateryna Bondarenko 6-1, 6-2 and Bartoli was in complete control in a 6-0, 6-3 win over Lucie Safarova.

But ninth-seeded Patty Schnyder was ousted by Vera Dushevina 6-2, 6-3 and 12-seeded Nicole Vaidisova lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Gisela Dulko in first-round action.

In other first-round matches Tuesday, Victoria Azarenka, beat Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 6-2; and Anabel Medina Garrigues got past Tathiana Garbin 3-6, 7-5, 2-2, as Garbin retired with left thigh injury in the third set.

Additional opening-round wins came for Catalina Castano, Maria Kirilenko, Alisa Kleybanova, Shuai Peng, Zi Yan and Akgul Amanmuradova.

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