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Serena Williams advances to 2nd round in Bastad

Tuesday - 7/16/2013, 10:50am  ET

US tennis player Serena Williams, right, hits a ball during a training session as her coach and boyfriend Patrick Mouratouglou looks on, prior to her participation in the Swedish Open Tennis tournament, in Bastad, Sweden, July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Scanipx Sweden/Peter Widing) SWEDEN OUT

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) -- Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the Swedish Open by beating Sesil Karatancheva of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday.

Williams broke the 131st-ranked Karatancheva's serve five times to advance at the clay-court tournament on Sweden's west coast.

Third-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, sixth-seeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, Mathilda Johansson of France, Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, Teliana Pereira of Brazil and Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands also advanced.

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