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Venus eases past Zheng

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:59

Williams powered past the hard-working Zheng 6-3 6-3 in her final competitive outing before the first grand slam of the year in Melbourne.

“We were out there for 85 minutes and every game was close, and I am just happy to have the win,” said Williams. “My serve was going well and I felt like I was playing aggressive.”

Earlier in the day, Japanese teenager Ayumi Morita recorded a surprise 7-5 3-6 10-4 win over world number 36 Gisela Dulko.

World number seven Vera Zvonareva was set to face Victoria Azarenka, but the Russian was forced to withdraw after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury.

After reaching the semi-finals at Melbourne Park last year, Zvonareva remains hopeful of being fully fit for the Australian Open which begins on January 18.

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