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Angelique Kerber advances, Venus Williams does not, at Volvo Car Open

Angelique Kerber advances, Venus Williams does not, at Volvo Car Open

Angelique Kerber felt the same old, rhythm as last year at the Volvo Car Open. Venus Williams wished that she did, too, instead of bowing out of the tournament Thursday in Charleston, S.C.

The top-seeded Kerber, the defending champion, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Slovakia's Kristina Kucova. Williams looked like she would join the reigning Australian Open champion, up 2-1 in the third set of her match. But instead, Yulia Putintseva won five of the final seven games to oust the 35-year-old American, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4.

Kerber will face Irina-Camelia Begu on Friday while Putintseva will face fifth-seeded Sara Errani, a 6-4, 7-6 (5) winner over No. 10...

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