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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:44

The nine-time Grand Slam winner prevailed in one hour and one minute against her 23-year-old Ukrainian opponent, who is ranked 67th in the world.

The American powered down 22 aces in her first meeting with Bondarenko and will now take on Austrian Sybille Bammer, who caused a stir with a 6-0 7-5 success against 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Wild card Kim Clijsters, playing on the professional tour for the first time in more than two years this week, advanced to the third round with a 6-2 7-5 win over Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder.

The Belgian, who gave birth to a baby girl last year, will next face sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

There was a shock for 11th seed Ana Ivanovic, who came a cropper against Hungary’s Melinda Czink 7-6 (8/6) 7-5.

Fourth seed Elena Dementieva knocked out Belgian qualifier Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-4 to set up a clash with Romania’s Sorana Cirstea and Jelena Jankovic, seeded five, proved too strong for wild card Maria Kirilenko as she won 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.

Vera Zvonareva, the seventh seed, beat fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6-4 1-6 7-5 while eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki saw off Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Ninth seed Victoria Azarenka saw off Anna Chakvetadze 6-4 6-2 and Flavia Pennetta, victorious in Los Angeles last weekend, continues her good run of form as 14th seed with a 6-2 6-4 win over Agnes Szavay.

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