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Williams reaches 3rd round at Pan Pacific Open

Tuesday - 9/24/2013, 9:26am  ET

Ayumi Morita of Japan returns a shot against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open Tennis tournament in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO (AP) -- Venus Williams upset top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the third round of the Pan Pacific Open.

In her first appearance in the Tokyo tournament since 2009, Williams took advantage of six-double faults by Azarenka at Ariake Colosseum.

Williams next faces No. 13-seeded Simona Halep, who defeated Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (4), 6-3.

In other second-round matches, second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Aleksandra Wozniak 7-6 (5), 6-0. Fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki overpowered Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-3.

Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced by beating third-seeded Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4.

Kuznetsova will next face 15th-seeded Sorana Cirstea, who beat Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-2.

Eugenie Bouchard defeated ninth-seeded American Sloane Stephens 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-3. She will play sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic, who beat Ayumi Morita 6-4, 6-1.


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