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  • Ivanovic, Venus are first round winners at Stanford

  • STANFORD, Calif. — Ana Ivanovic has a new coach and a better outlook. Venus Williams continues to work toward another possible Grand Slam title.
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  • STANFORD, Calif. — Ana Ivanovic has a new coach and a better outlook. Venus Williams continues to work toward another possible Grand Slam title.
    The fifth-seeded Ivanovic won her first-round match in the Bank of the West Classic, defeating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Tuesday. The former world No. 1 lost to Lisicki in three sets in their previous meeting at Wimbledon.
    Williams, also a former No. 1, beat qualifier Paula Kania, 6-3, 6-2. She'll next play fourth seeded Victoria Azarenka, whom she has beaten in three previous meetings.
    Ivanovic has won three tournament titles on the WTA Tour this season after failing to win a tournament in 2013. She owns 14 career titles.
    The Serbian next faces qualifier Carol Zhao, a sophomore at Stanford who was leading Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 1-0, when the Belgian retired because of a viral infection.
    Williams, who made her pro debut in the event 20 years ago, has won two titles and reached the finals five times in 12 previous appearances.
    In other matches, Garbine Muguruza downed defending tournament champion and sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, Monica Puig beat seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 7-5 and Daniela Hantuchova topped Paula Ormaechea, 6-3, 6-4.
    Citi Open
    At Washington, top-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic lost to France's Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Citi Open.
    Mladenovic rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against the Wimbledon semifinalist. She will face American qualifier Taylor Townsend in the second round.
    On the men's side, Americans Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson each advanced with straight-set victories. Other first-round winners included Dominican Republic's Victor Estrella Burgos and Dudi Sela of Israel.
    Seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and No. 11 seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan reached the third round with straight-set victories. Anderson defeated Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 6-4, and Istomin eliminated Australia's Bernard Tomic 6-4, 7-6 (6).
    Sock beat Michael Berrer of Germany 7-6 (2), 6-4. He grabbed control by breaking Berrer in the first game of the second set.
    Next up for Sock today is a match against No. 2 seed Milos Raonic, who had a bye in the first round.
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