Venus Williams of U.S. returns to Kurumi Nara of Japan during their women's singles match. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Second seed Li Na and five-time champion Venus Williams struck early blows for the Wimbledon thirty-somethings Wednesday with straight-sets wins which took them into the third round.Australian Open champion Li, a three-time quarter-finalist at the All England Club, swept to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Austria's Yvonne Meusburger, hitting 33 winners to just four from the world number 38 .Williams, 34, and playing in her 17th Wimbledon, defeated pint-sized Japanese Kurumi Nara 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 in a battle of little and large on Court 3 .Williams will face 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in the third round if the Czech sixth seed beats Germany's Mona Barthel.
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