Maria, Victoria win; Venus exits

May 09, 2012, 10:17 IST | AFP

The two leading women both reached the third round of the Madrid Masters yesterday, with top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus made to struggle by Czech Andrea Hlavackova before emerging 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) winner.

Second seed Russian Maria Sharapova defeated another Czech in Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 6-3, firing 18 winners and breaking five times. Earlier, American seven-time grand slam-winner Venus Williams crashed out 6-4, 6-1 to German 12th seed Angelique Kerber in round two.

Venus Williams

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