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S. Williams takes second-rounder in rout

London -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams lost just one game in rolling to a second-round victory Thursday at Wimbledon.

Williams claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win over Anna Chakvetadze in just 49 minutes. Williams, the tournament's defending champion, won the first 11 games before Chakvetadze was able to avoid the shutout.

Williams won 68 percent of the points in the match and took more points on Chakvetadze's serve (23-13) than Chakvetadze.

Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki also breezed into the third round, dropping Kai-Chen Chang 6-4, 6-3 behind an effort that had only 11 unforced errors.
Seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska roared by Alberta Brianti 6-2, 6-0 and No.

S. Williams, Wozniacki win at Wimbledon

London -- World No. 1 Serena Williams and third-seeded Carolina Wozniacki advanced with solid straight-set wins Tuesday, the second day of play at Wimbledon.

Williams eased by Michelle Larcher De Brito 6-0, 6-4. The first set took 22 minutes as Williams had 20 winners among the 26 points she won in the set. She ended with 47 winners against 15 unforced errors.

Wozniacki's first-round win was even more lop-sided as she knocked off Tathiana Garbin 6-1, 6-1 in an efficient 47 minutes. Wozniacki won 70 percent of the points in the match, despite having her serve broken once.

Five Top 10 seeds in S. Williams' draw

London -- Five other Top 10 seeds were placed in the half of the Wimbledon women's draw that includes world No. 1 Serena Williams.

The biggest question for the women's draw, released Friday, was whether Serena and Venus Williams, ranked No. 2 in the world, would end up in different halves and set up a potential third consecutive -- and fifth overall -- all-Williams final. That could indeed happen when the women's final is contested July 3.

The path there, however, appears tougher for Serena. Her half of the draw includes third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6-seeded Samantha Stosur and seventh-seeded Angieszka Radwanska. Also, ninth-seeded Li Na and No. 10 Flavia Pennetta are in the upper half of the draw.

Williams sisters top Wimbledon seedings

London -- Serena and Venus Williams, who have won the last three Wimbledon titles between them, are the top two women's seeds for the 2010 Championships.

The Williams sisters have a total of eight Wimbledon singles titles, including Venus's wins in 2007 and 2008 and Serena's championship last year. They played each other in the finals the last two years.

They are also the top two ranked women's players in the world, with Serena, who won this year's Australian Open, No. 1 and Venus second. As a result of those rankings, they were made the top two seeds for this year's Wimbledon.

Ill Serena rebounds, downs Russian teen

Paris -- An apparently ill Serena Williams was able to advance to the French Open's Round of 16 Saturday, defeating Russian teenager Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Looking listless and in pain while losing five straight games at one point, Williams rallied and went to on register a 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 victory over the 29th-seeded Pavlyuchenkova.

During the second set Williams received a visit from her trainer and shortly afterwards stormed back to defeat her young opponent. She will now face Israeli Shahar Peer, who earlier downed 13th-seeded French crowd favorite Marion Bartoli 7-6 (9-7), 6-2.

Common, Serena Williams split

New York -- Actor/rapper Common and tennis champion Serena Williams have ended their two-year relationship, blaming busy and conflicting schedules, sources say.

Representatives for Common, 38, whose real name is Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr., and Williams, 28, had no comment, reported Saturday.

The busy careers of each were behind the breakup, a source said.

"They are two workaholics who couldn't see each other enough," the source explained. "Things happen."

Just two weeks ago, Common gushed about Williams during a television interview, the New York Daily News reported.

"Serena's a great woman. She's a beautiful woman and an incredible person," the Chicago rapper said.

Serena, Venus advance; Kuznetsova ousted

Paris -- Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova dropped a three-set, third-round French Open match Friday to Maria Kirilenko.

Kirilenko, the No. 30 seed, got a crucial break of serve in the third set in defeating the sixth-seeded Kuznetsova 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Kuznetsova had 36 winners but also 37 unforced errors.

Earlier, top-seeded sisters Serena and Venus Williams each advanced out of the second round with straight-set wins.

Serena Williams, the world No. 1-ranked woman player, routed Julia Georges 6-1, 6-1 in 55 minutes. Williams committed just four unforced errors -- Georges had 20 -- and faced just one break-point situation.

S. Williams wins in straight sets

Paris -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams was pushed to a first-set tie-breaker before finishing off a first-round win Monday at the French Open.

Williams committed 17 of her 22 unforced errors on the day in the first set of a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 win over Stefanie Voegele. But Williams had little trouble in the 27-minute second set, winning 27 of the 40 points in sealing the win.

Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki easily got by Alla Kudryavtseva 6-0, 6-3 and No. 5 Elena Dementieva posted a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Petra Martic in other early Monday matches.

Also, No. 8-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska topped Elena Baltacha 6-0, 7-5 and 11th-seeded Na Li stopped Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-3.

Safina loses Rome second-round match

Rome -- Serena and Venus Williams were straight-set winners Tuesday but Dinara Safina was ousted in second-round play of the $2 million Italian Open in Rome.

Serena Williams, the world No. 1, disposed of Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 while sister Venus, the No. 4 seed in Rome, topped Patty Schnyder in an efficient 6-2, 6-2.

Also No. 2-seeded Caroline Wozniacki rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Maria Elena Camerin.

But the third-seeded Safina's problems continued. Her play has been curtailed by back issues and the 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 loss Tuesday to Alexandra Dulgheru was her third in her last four matches. Safina, the event's defending champion, had nine double faults and dropped serve nine times in 14 service games.

Jankovic tops S. Williams in Italian Open

Rome -- Jelena Jankovic completed a rare double defeat of both Williams sisters in advancing to the finals of the $2 million Italian Open clay-court tennis tournament.

One day after eliminating fourth-seeded Venus Williams, Jankovic ousted world No. 1 Serena Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Friday's match took nearly three hours and Jankovic fended off a match point before putting the win away.

The match was tight with Jankovic winning 116 points to Williams' 113. There were 13 service breaks, including two by Jankovic in the third set when Williams was serving for the match.

Williams, playing in her first tournament since a long layoff because of a knee injury, went up 5-2 in the tiebreaker before Jankovic stormed back with five straight points.