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Henin, Serena Williams advance

Chris Lehourites
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Belgium's Justine Henin returns to Russia's Elena Vesnina, during their Women's Singles match at Wimbledon, Friday June 29, 2007.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY **

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Justine Henin and Serena Williams moved closer to another Grand Slam quarterfinal, each easily advancing Friday to the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Henin, trying to complete a career Grand Slam with a title at the All England Club, beat Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-1, 6-3. Williams defeated Milagros Sequera of Venezuela 6-1, 6-0 in 43 minutes.

Henin beat Williams in the French Open quarterfinals, then went on to win her third straight title at Roland Garros. Williams, who had 27 winners and saved three break points Friday, won the Australian Open in January.

The top-ranked Henin, who lost to Amelie Mauresmo in last year’s Wimbledon final, again played with a long strip of black tape running down the side of her right leg. She said she’s been bothered by tendinitis in her right foot.

“I could do very good things during my first three matches,” the Belgian said. “Especially today, I’m very happy the way I played, very aggressive, very consistent.”

The match was suspended for more than an hour because of rain with Henin leading 3-2 in the second set. When play resumed, Henin broke in the eighth game and then served out the match.

In three rounds so far at this year’s tournament, Henin has dropped only 11 games.

“It’s good I don’t spend a lot of time on the court because physically I really need to rest a little bit,” Henin said. “It’s going to be good for my next match, I hope.”

Security at Wimbledon increased Friday after British police thwarted an apparent car bomb attack in central London. Police discovered a parked car packed with gas containers, nails and a detonator.

“Everyone heard about that,” said Henin, who added she wasn’t nervous about playing.

No. 3 Jelena Jankovic, a French Open semifinalist, rallied to beat Lucie Safarova 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2, and No. 31 Michaella Krajicek upset No. 8 Anna Chakvetadze 7-6 (8), 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Jankovic double-faulted to lose the first set, and then was broken in the final game of the second set to send it to a tiebreaker. In the third set, which started after a 30-minute rain delay, the Serb broke Safarova in the sixth and eighth games.

“It was a big battle out there,” Jankovic said. “At some point I was thinking, ‘My God, is there any way out?'”

Krajicek, who had to wait through two rain delays to reach the fourth round, is the sister of 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

Also, No. 15 Patty Schnyder beat No. 24 Alona Bondarenko 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 and will next face Henin. No. 18 Marion Bartoli beat No. 16 Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-2.

Janko Tipsarevic saved a match point before upsetting No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 in the men’s draw.

Gonzalez, the Australian Open runner-up, sent a backhand into the net at 30-40 in the 12th game of the fifth set. He was two points from winning on six occasions.

No. 15 Ivan Ljubicic also lost, while No. 13 Tommy Haas advanced by beating No. 21 Dmitry Tursunov 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Later Friday, top-ranked Roger Federer was scheduled to play in the third round, facing two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin. No. 3 Andy Roddick was also to play, while No. 9 James Blake was facing former top-ranked player Juan Carlos Ferrero.

On the women’s side, 1997 Wimbledon champion Martina Hingis was playing.

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