Henin, Serena, Venus win; Davenport out

March 31, 2008 at 7:47 PM
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MIAMI, March 31 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Justine Henin, reigning champion Serena Williams and three-time winner Venus Williams advanced Monday at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Former top-ranked Lindsay Davenport was knocked out of the $3.77 million tennis tournament in Miami.

Henin, the reigning French and U.S. Open champ, beat Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-2. Henin was last year's Miami runner-up to Serena, who will oppose the Belgian star here, again, in this year's quarterfinals.

Serena beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to set up the showdown with Henin. Serena is seeking her fifth title here in seven years, having won from 2002-04 and again last year.

Venus beat 17-year-old Dane Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3. The American won this tournament in 1998, 1999 and 2001.

Venus' quarterfinal opponent will be Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who posted a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory over 16th-seeded Israeli Shahar Peer.

Davenport lost to Russian Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4.

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