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Williams overcomes serving woes to reach Bangkok Open quarterfinals

BANGKOK -- Second seed Venus Williams eased
into the quarterfinals of the Bangkok Open with a comfortable
6-4, 6-1 win over Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn on Thursday.

Playing her second match in three hot and humid hours, the
Wimbledon champion overpowered the hard-hitting Thai in 75
minutes to set up a meeting in the final eight with unseeded
Frenchwoman Camille Pin.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner had to save four break points
after hitting six double faults but unleashed a series of
stinging groundstrokes to get past Tamarine, who was last year's
losing finalist.

Williams had two hours earlier finished off the final games
of her rain-suspended first-round match to beat Denmark's
Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2.

"I played twice today and although the first match was
short, I still had to go through all the mental preparation
twice," Williams told reporters.

"Tamarine played well, she went for her shots, she played
aggressive. I'm playing well because everyone else is playing
well against me."

Williams is chasing the Bangkok title to secure points for
one of the eight berths at the $3 million season-ending
championships in Madrid.

Her quest was helped by the retirement of top seed Jelena
Jankovic with heat illness during her first-round match on
Wednesday.

Polish wildcard Urszula Radwanska ended fourth seed Virginie
Razzano's hopes of a third straight WTA title with a 7-6, 7-5
victory.

The Frenchwoman spurned three chances to take the tightly
contested first set and allowed the 17-year-old to edge ahead in
the second to reach her first WTA quarterfinal.

Both players were carrying injuries and struggled toward
the end of the three-hour duel, with Razzano hobbling and
grimacing as her 543rd-ranked opponent played drop shots to pull
her into the net.

Radwanska needed a medical timeout near the end of the match
and had her right thigh and left ankle heavily taped up.

"It was
a really difficult match, three hours, and it was very hot,"
Radwanska told reporters.

"I'm happy to beat her, she's been playing really well, she
made it tough for me."

Razzano was chasing a third straight title after successes
in Guangzhou and Tokyo in the last two weeks.

Third-seeded Israeli Shahar Peer progressed to the quarters
with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Russian Anastasia Rodionova, and China's
Yan Zi beat Olga Poutchkova of Russia 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.