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Venus powers into round three

Five-time champion Venus Williams progressed to the third round of Wimbledon with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 victory over Karumi Nara.

The 34-year-old had not been past the second round of a grand slam since last year's Australian Open but recovered from a slow start to defeat her Japanese opponent with ease.

The 30th seed won six straight points to take the first set in a tie-break before reeling off six games in a row to close out the second set in rapid fashion.

Williams served seven aces and had 43 winners during the contest, on Court Three, which lasted an hour and 31 minutes.

Williams, winner of seven major titles in total, was absent from Wimbledon last year and bowed out in the first round in 2012.

Another former champion, Petra Kvitova, also eased into the third round after clinching a 6-2 6-0 victory against Mona Barthel in just 55 minutes.

Kvitova, who won the Wimbledon title in 2011, completely dominated her opponent's serve despite the fact that Barthel ended with a first-serve percentage of 77.

Australian Open champion Li Na also made it through to the second round after securing a 6-2 6-2 victory over Yvonne Meusberger.

Li is seeded second for the tournament and is hoping to make it past the quarter-finals for the first time.

Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska also progressed, the 2012 finalist overpowering Casey Dellacqua 6-4 6-0.