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Williams sisters advance at Bank of West

Venus Williams returns a shot while defeating Stephanie Dubois of Canada in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on July 28, 2009. UPI/Terry Schmitt
Venus Williams returns a shot while defeating Stephanie Dubois of Canada in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on July 28, 2009. UPI/Terry Schmitt | License Photo

STANFORD, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- Venus and Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the Bank of the West Classic in California Tuesday.

Daniela Hantuchova ousted defending champ Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in a battle lasting 2 hours and 36 minutes.

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Serena Williams, the top seed in the tourney, beat Li Na in the opening set 6-3, but ran into stubborn resistance from Li, who saved four match points in the second set and went to a tie-breaker before finally succumbing 7-6.

"I was playing a tough player who never gave up," said Williams, who admitted she had been overly eager to put the match away. "She's always playing so well and it's important not to get anxious."

Serena's sister, Venus, the No. 2 seed, has less difficulty in defeating Stephanie Dubois 6-2, 6-3.

Other winners Tuesday included No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic and No.8 seed Marion Bartoli.

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