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Confident Venus makes round four

WIMBLEDON
Date: 22 June - 5 July
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By Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Venus Williams salutes the crowd after her win

Highlights - Venus powers into last 16

Venus Williams produced a dominant display to avenge her shock defeat to Carla Suarez Navarro at the Australian Open by beating her 6-0 6-4.

The defending champion took the first set in 33 minutes, after winning most of the baseline rallies and playing some great winners at the net.

Venus went 2-0 up in the second set before Navarro finally staged a rally by winning three successive games.

However Venus regained control and broke in game nine before serving out.

Venus set the tone for the match by breaking in the very first game and although Navarro had game points she could not convert them and failed to win a single game in the first set.

She looked to be heading for a rapid exit when the pattern continued at the start of the second set before the Spaniard finally held her serve with an ace.

Confidence surged through her and she immediately went 40-0 up on Venus' serve before taking the second of her break points.

606: DEBATE

She then survived two break points to hold again and move ahead in the set but that was as good as it got.

Venus held comfortably and Navarro also held - but only after fighting off another three break points.

The writing was on the wall and after Venus held again to level at 4-4, she broke the unseeded player and quickly wrapped up the match.

Venus told BBC Sport she was delighted with her progress through the tournament so far.

Venus 'loving' first week success

"Right now I am just where I want to be and I am loving it," she said.

"I was really enjoying myself out there today. I worked on moving forward against her as she is a very fast and competitive player. She strikes the ball very well and I was happy to close it out.

"I am enjoying it so much here in the singles and the doubles. When you win at Wimbledon there is not much better than that."

Speaking about concerns over the strapping on her left knee, she added: "I love the strapping, it is very supportive and I need the support right now."

And she wasn't phased by the heat, adding with a smile: "I am a Florida girl - I needed a sweater!"

Venus now faces 13th seed Ana Ivanovic on Monday.



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