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SERENA WILLIAMS IS BACK AND IN WINNING FASHION, ADVANCING INTO ROUND 4

SERENA WILLIAMS IS BACK AND IN WINNING FASHION, ADVANCING INTO ROUND 4

Defending champion Serena Williams joined her sister Venus in the last 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday, but French Open runner-up Francesca Schiavone suffered a shock defeat.

Williams, seeded seventh in only her second tournament since last year's victory in London, had few problems in dispatching Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-2 to set up a fourth-round clash with 2007 runner-up Marion Bartoli.

"It's great," said the American, a four-time winner of the grass-court grand slam event.

"Every match is getting better, my serve is getting better, just getting the rhythm that I've been missing" -Serena Williams

"I just want to enjoy myself and stay focused. Bartoli is really good. She won in Eastbourne, she's doing great, so it'll be a good match."

The 29-year-old, making her comeback after complications with a foot injury, has won both their previous encounters.

Ninth seed Bartoli, beaten by Venus in the 2007 final, battled her way into the fourth round with a 5-7 6-4 9-7 win over Italian No. 21 Flavia Pennetta in just over three hours.

The Frenchwoman, who won her first grass title the week before Wimbledon, fought back after sending her coach and father Walter to the stands along with her mother following her first-set reverse.

"I saw them after the match and they understood completely. It was not against them. It was just that we played a very long first set, and I was exhausted and I was tired and I was feeling worse and worse," the 26-year-old said in quotes reported by AFP. (more)

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