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Williams advances in Zurich

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:05

While Williams has won this event before, the memory of that triumph is probably a bit fuzzy. It was in 1999 when Williams, at the age of 19, topped then world number one Martina Hingis in the final to claim the ninth of her 37 career titles.

The seven-time grand slam champion will face Francesca Schiavone in the last eight after the unseeded Italian defeated Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-3 7-5.

In one of three first-round matches played on Wednesday, Flavia Pennetta of Italy defeated Russia’s Nadia Petrova 6-1 6-1 to set up a meeting with top seed and world number one Jelena Jankovic.

Also claiming first-round victories were Swedish qualifier Sofia Arvidsson and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.

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