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Venus cruises into Wimbledon third round

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  • Venus Williams cruises through to third round of Wimbledon women's singles
  • Defending champion defeats Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine in straight sets
  • French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova also secures her place in last 32
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(CNN) -- Defending champion Venus Williams breezed into the third round of the women's singles at Wimbledon after a straight sets victory over Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine.

Venus secured her 16th successive Wimbledon singles victory against Kateryna Bondarenko.

Venus secured her 16th successive Wimbledon singles victory against Kateryna Bondarenko.

Williams emerged onto Court One with bandaging around her left knee, but showed no ill effects as she cruised to a 6-3 6-2 victory in bright sunshine in 69 minutes.

It was the 29-year-old's 16th successive singles victory at the All England Club and she told reporters: "That's a great stat for me, a great achievement and I want to make it more. Everything was working for me today."

The 29-year-old insisted that the bandages were only there for knee support. "I felt really comfortable in the strap. It was just for support. That's all."

Williams was made to work hard at times by Bondarenko, but on the only occasion the world number 73 threatened her opponent's serve, the third seed responded with three aces in one game at 115, 114 and 114mph.

The American will next face unseeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, the world number 34, for a place in the last 16 of the tournament.

In other matches, French Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded five, took just over an hour to dispose of France's Pauline Parmentier 6-1 6-3 and will next face German Sabine Lisicki.

Top seed Dinara Safina continued her progress with a 6-4 7-5 win over Paraguay's Rossana De Los Rios. The Russian next plays Belgium's Kirsten Flipkins, who ended British interest in the women's singles with a 7-5 6-1 success over Elena Baltacha.

Also through is Australian 18th seed Samantha Stosur, the French Open semifinalist, who struggled past German qualifier Tatjana Malek 4-6 7-6 6-4.


She will next face former world number one Ana Ivanovic, the 13th seed, who claimed a 7-5 6-1 victory over Italy's Sara Errani.

On a day when not one women's seed was beaten, there were also victories for former champion Amelie Mauresmo (17), Caroline Wozniacki (9) and Agnieszka Radwanska (11).

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