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Williams beats Morigami in Memphis

AFP , MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams beat Japan's Akiko Morigami 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in Memphis on Monday at a WTA and ATP event in only her third match since last July because of a left wrist injury.

Seventh seed Williams made her debut this year by reaching the second round of the US$757,000 event, while men's fifth seed Xavier Malisse made an exit in the first round after a right wrist injury forced a retirement from his match.

Williams, ranked 53rd, has not won a title since capturing the 2005 Wimbledon crown.

Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili advanced 4-6, 2-2 when Malisse dropped out and another Russian, Evgeny Korolev, ousted US eighth seed Robby Ginepri 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3.

Also joining the seeded scrap heap was France's number three Marion Bartoli. American Laura Granville ousted Bartoli 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.

Australian fifth seed Nicole Pratt defeated American Lilia Osterloh 6-3, 6-0 while US sixth seed Shenay Perry downed France's Youlia Fedossova 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-5 and US eighth seed Jill Craybas beat Ireland's Kelly Liggan 6-4, 6-4.

Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun eliminated Aussie Chris Guccione 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

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