Serena Williams in action at Amelia Island Wednesday

Updated: April 6, 2005, 10:30 PM ET
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AMELIA ISLAND, Florida - American Serena Williams had nearly as easy a second-round match at the $585,000 Bausch Lomb Championships as her sister.

Williams, the second seed and a quarterfinalist here last year, cruised into the third round with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Dally Randriantefy of Madagascar on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, Venus Williams, the fifth seed, routed Martina Sucha of Slovakia, 6-0, 6-1, in the second round of the claycourt event.

The Australian Open champion, Serena Williams was coming off a straight-sets loss to her sister in the quarterfinals of last week's NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami.

"I love the clay," Serena Williams said. "I love sliding and moving, so it felt really good.

"You definitely have to change your mindset when it comes to clay, because if you hit really hard, I've learned the hard way, unfortunately, that that doesn't work. You'll go home early. So I've learned that maybe you should lift the ball more and try to get a lot of balls in play, instead of going for so many winners."

The younger Williams sister awaits No. 14 Mary Pierce of France, who routed Greek wild card Eleni Daniilidou, 6-0, 6-2.

The winner here in 1998 and runner-up twice prior to that, Pierce won the first 10 games of the match and has dropped just five games in two rounds.

"Daniilidou has a big forehand and big serve, but she just wasn't hitting her shots today and that was giving me some chances," Pierce said. "She had nothing to lose in the second set and started to play much better, so in the end it started to get much closer."

In Wednesday's other night match, seventh seed Nadia Petrova of Russia routed Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-0.

Third-seeded Anastasia Myskina of Russia, the reigning French Open champion, overcame a poor second set to defeat Israeli wild card Shahar Peer, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

"I played very well in the first set, but then I got a little bit bored because I was serving well and everything was going well," Myskina said. "But then I found myself down 4-0 in the first five minutes of the second set and it was just hard to come back."

Myskina will face No. 15 Shinobu Asagoe of Japan in the third round. Asagoe defeated American Lisa Raymond, 7-5, 6-3.

Other seeded winners included No. 6 Vera Zvonareva of Russia, No. 8 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, No. 9 Elena Likhovtseva of Russia, No. 11 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia Montenegro, No. 12 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy.

Zvonareva barely escaped the second round, recording a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) comeback victory over Shuai Peng of China. She next faces Likhovtseva, who outlasted Gisela Dulko of Argentina, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4.

Fourth seed Alicia Alicia Molik of Australia, however, did not reach the third round, falling to Virginie Razzano of France, 6-4, 6-4.

Another upset victim was 16th-seeded American Amy Frazier, who was bounced by Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4. Peschke next faces top-seeded American Lindsay Davenport.

First prize in the Tier II event is $93,000.

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