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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 March, 2005, 22:05 GMT 23:05 UK
Serena battles as seeds progress
Serena Williams
Serena Williams was made to work hard before reaching the last 16 of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Sunday as the top names progressed in Miami.

Williams had to fight for her 6-3 6-3 win over Israel's Shahar Peer, while Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva also came through.

"She was really gutsy," said Williams. "She gets a lot of balls back."

Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-3 6-2 and Kim Clijsters beat Nathalie Dechy 6-0 6-2.

Top seed Mauresmo made it through with a 6-2 6-1 win over Anna Smashnova, while fourth seed Dementieva eased past 27th seed Magdalena Maleeva 6-3 6-4.

There were minor upsets, with 13th seed Elena Bovina falling to France's Tatiana Golovin and 11th seed Patty Schnyder losing to Catalina Castano.

Japan's Shinobu Asagoe also scored a surprise 6-0 6-3 win over 14th seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Asagoe will now face Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova in the next round after the Russian beat American Marissa Irvin 6-2 6-0.

Eighth seed Venus Williams talked up her performance after thrashing Colombian Fabiola Zuluaga 6-2 6-0.

"The scoreline didn't show the intensity with which I had to play to get that scoreline," said Venus. "She's a great player."




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