Tzipi Obziler was able to break Serena Williams' serve twice (before being broken back) and for 10 games at the WTA tournament in Bangalore, India, she held on, but that was it. Williams, in her first match against the 34-year-old Israeli, turned it up a notch and won their second-round match 7-5, 6-0.
"I started making so many errors and the balls kept flying about there," Williams said. "She definitely did not give a lot of pace. She would hit a hard ball and the next point hit a soft ball. I didn't get a rhythm."
In the quarterfinals, the American will face Anastasia Rodionova of Russia, who beat sixth-seeded Austrian Sybille Bammer 7-6, 6-2 in the second round.
In September 2007, Dudi Sela faced Fernando Gonzalez during a Davis Cup tie in Ramat Hasharon and it was one of the biggest victories of his career. Yesterday morning, they met again, in the first round of the ATP tournament in Las Vegas, and the Chilean won this time, 6-2, 7-6(2).
Reuters contributed to this report.
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