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  Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 09:42 GMT
Williams struggles through
Monica Seles in action against Cara Black
Seles made short work of Black
Click here for Wednesday's women's singles results from Melbourne

Second seed Venus Williams overcame a knee problem to move into round three of the Australian Open in Melbourne with a straight sets victory over fellow American Kristina Brandi.

Williams' movement looked to be restricted by her knee injury but she managed to seal a 6-3 6-4 victory and earn a meeting with 32nd seed Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova in the next round.

Number eight seed Monica Seles cruised past Zimbabwe's Cara Black in the second round at the Australian Open.

Seles, Australian Open champion four times between 1991 and 1996, hardly put a foot wrong as she coasted to a 6-1 6-1 victory in 53 minutes.

"It's great to be back here and playing well again," said Seles.


This is my favourite tournament
Monica Seles

"This is probably the best time in my career. I'm only playing because I'm enjoying it and there are no pressures on me."

The 28-year-old will play either Francesca Schiavone or Jelena Kostanic in the third round with a possible quarter-final against tournament favourite Venus Williams looming.

Number three seed Martina Hingis was similarly impressive in her disposal of Germany's Greta Arn.

The Swiss star defeated Arn 6-1 6-2, but took four minute's longer than Seles.

Hingis, who hasn't captured a grand slam title since winning in Melbourne in 1999, dominated all parts of the match against her inexperienced opponent.

Number 15 seed Amanda Coetzer joins Hingis in the third round after her straight sets win over Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios.

The South African triumphed 6-3 6-1.


Australian Open - women's singles, Wednesday's second round results:

3-Martina Hingis (Switzerland) beat Greta Arn (Germany) 6-1 6-2
11-Silvia Farina Elia (Italy) beat Jennifer Hopkins (US) 6-2 6-0
Barbara Rittner (Germany) beat 28-Anne Kremer (Luxembourg) 6-1 6-4
Nathalie Dechy (France) beat Bianka Lamade (Germany) 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-1
Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) beat 21-Daja Bedanova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-2
8-Monica Seles (US) beat Cara Black (Zimbabwe) 6-1 6-1
Asa Svensson (Sweden) beat Conchita Martinez (Spain) 6-4 6-1
15-Amanda Coetzer (South Africa) beat Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios (Paraguay) 6-3 6-1
Adriana Serra Zanetti (Italy) beat Amy Frazier (US) 6-3 7-6 (7-5)
18-Lisa Raymond (US) beat Jill Craybas (US) 6-3 6-3
Martina Sucha (Slovakia) beat Mariana Diaz-Oliva (Argentina) 6-1 7-5
13-Magdalena Maleeva (Bulgaria) beat Kveta Hrdlickova (Czech Republic) 6-4 7-5
17-Barbara Schett (Aut) bt N Llagostera Vives (Spa) 6-2 1-6 6-2,
2-V Williams (US) bt K Brandi (US) 6-3 6-4

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