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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Likhovtseva Gives Venus Little Worry

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — Venus Williams showcased all facets of her game — the good, the bad and the blistering — and beat Yelena Likhovtseva 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the Pilot Pen quarterfinals.

Williams has not lost a set to Likhovtseva in five matches but had to fend off five set points in the 10th game of the second set Tuesday night to keep the straight-set streak alive.

Likhovtseva was up 5-4 and battled through 10 deuces. Williams finally prevailed with a deep forehand winner, but not before recording three of her 11 double-faults of the night.

"That was a minus to say the least. I don’t think that I was as serious as I could have been," said Williams.

Second-seeded Monica Seles also powered her way into the quarterfinals with a straight-set win over Kristina Brandi of the United States.

Seles’ 158 kilometer-per-hour ace closed out the 6-2, 6-3 victory, but it was her pinpoint groundstrokes that overcame Brandi.