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Sports briefs: Venus Williams wins at Family Circle after Serena's loss

Published April 2, 2014 6:21 pm

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TENNIS • Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister couldn't, battling from behind Wednesday at the Family Circle Cup to beat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 in Charleston, S.C.

It was another long day for Williams, ranked 28th in the world. She needed nearly two hours in a straight-set win over the South African. Williams, who won the Family Circle a decade ago, now faces No. 20 Eugenie Bouchard. Tuesday night, top-ranked Serena Williams, was stunned in the second round 6-4, 6-4 by Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, ranked 78th in the world. Also Wednesday, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina upset American Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-4. And No. 8 Jelena Jankovic, the tourney's No. 2 seed, beat American Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-3.

Mickelson: I'll play

GOLF • Phil Mickelson says he's recovered and ready to play Thursday in the Houston Open. The four-time major winner, who withdrew from last week's Texas Open after pulling a muscle in his right side, says he'll play in the $6.4-million event after two days of "light practice" at Augusta National, site of next week's Masters. Mickelson, who won the 2011 Houston Open, didn't play in the pro-am Wednesday. That had fueled speculation that he might withdraw.

The Associated Press