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Henin, Serena advance in Ericsson Open

Serena Williams, second seed, of the USA, reacts as she defeats Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their quarterfinal match at the US Open Tennis Championship on September 8, 2009 in New York. Williams won 6-4, 6-3. UPI /Monika Graff .
Serena Williams, second seed, of the USA, reacts as she defeats Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their quarterfinal match at the US Open Tennis Championship on September 8, 2009 in New York. Williams won 6-4, 6-3. UPI /Monika Graff . | License Photo

MIAMI, March 28 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Justin Henin and Serena Williams were among the second-round winners Friday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Henin, who was honored Thursday as the 2007 WTA Tour Player of the Year, coasted past Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-2. Williams had no problems disposing of Edina Gallovits 6-1, 6-2, opening her bid to win the tournament for the fifth time in seven years.

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Henin will next play Sara Errani.

Third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Yung-Jan Chan and No. 11 seed Patty Schnyder fought off Vania King 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-2. Kuznetsova won this event two years ago and fell in the finals last week in Indian Wells to Ana Ivanovic.

The day's biggest surprise came when Caroline Wozniacki defeated ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-1. Elena Vesnina dispatched 15th-seeded Agnes Szavay 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

Other second-round winners included Shahar Peer, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Ashley Harkleroad and Marina Erakovic.

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