Hot Serena reaches third round in Madrid

10:03 AM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Serena Williams posted a second-round victory Tuesday at the $4 million Madrid Open.

The world No. 1 star handled wild card and Spanish crowd favorite Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2, 7-5 on the clay courts at The Magic Box.

The 31-year-old Williams has now won her last 13 WTA matches and is seeking a third title in three events.

Williams beat then-world No. 1 and reigning two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka in last year's Madrid finale.

Also on Tuesday, 14th-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli of France snuck past Spanish qualifier Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova held off Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

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