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Williams rallies to beat Kirilenko in China Open

Thursday - 10/3/2013, 3:50am  ET

BEIJING (AP) -- Top-ranked Serena Williams fought off three set points and rallied to beat Russian Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 7-5 Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the China Open.

Williams won her 70th match of the year and improved to 8-0 against Kirilenko.

The unseeded Russian made Williams work for the win. She broke Williams to take a 5-4 lead in the first set, then held three set points on her serve before Williams recovered to take the set. Kirilenko also broke Williams to go up 3-2 in the second set before faltering down the stretch.

In other matches, Serbian Jelena Jankovic routed Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0.

On the men's side, American Sam Querrey upset sixth-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 7-6 (2).


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