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Golovin packs off an erratic Venus Williams

CHARLESTON (South Carolina): Defending champion Venus Williams was ousted by 17-year-old Tatiana Golovin of France 7-5, 6-4 in the Family Circle Cup third round on Thursday.

Williams, the World no. 8, was limited to only nine points off her second serve, and sprayed forehands wide or into the net on a blustery day against No. 25 Golovin, the lowest-ranked player she's lost to since Mary Pierce at the Athens Olympics.

``I just kept making error after error. It was a comedy of errors,'' said the fourth-seeded Williams, who played on Wednesday night and then had to play again at 1 p.m. ``It was windy out there and I just had a quick turnaround from the last match and my feet never moved.''

Golovin will play seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia in Friday's quarterfinals. Petrova was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Jelena Kostanic of Croatia.

Justine Henin-Hardenne, who was ranked No. 1 for most part of last year, reeled off nine straight games against Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic in a 6-2, 6-3 victory. The Belgian hit 34 winners and 10 aces, and will meet top-ranked Lindsay Davenport.

Easy for Davenport

Davenport dispatched Ukraine qualifier Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-3, 6-1.

``I feel I'm playing pretty well. Clay is not my favourite. But I feel like I'm hitting the ball well,'' Davenport said. ``I'm coming off a win at Amelia Island and I'll just keep trying to be aggressive and hopefully things will work out.''

Davenport has lost her last three matches to Henin-Hardenne, but they haven't met in more than a year, and this was only the Belgian's second comeback event after a knee fracture.

In the other half of the draw, eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland defeated Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-0, and will meet 15-year-old Czech Nicole Vaidisova, who defeated No. 14 seed Shinobu Asagoe of Japan 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).

Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia, a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 winner over 11th-seeded Ai Sugiyama, meets No. 2 seed Elena Dementieva, who dispatched Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain 6-0, 6-3.

Golovin hadn't met Williams previously, and earned her first win over a top-10 player this year in four attempts.

``I've played against a few top-10 players and been to three sets and lost, so right now was my time,'' Golovin said.

Bhupathi-Gonzalez lose

Leander Paes and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia entered the semifinals of the men's doubles event defeating the Czech pair of Martin Damm and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

The pair will next play Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley of Australia who beat Mahesh Bhupathi and Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 in another quartefinal match.

The results:

WTA-Family Circle Cup: Third round: Patty Schnyder bt Klara Koukalova 6-4, 6-0; Nadia Petrova bt Jelena Kostanic 6-3, 6-3; Katarina Srebotnik bt Ai Sugiyama 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

Tatiana Golovin bt Venus Williams 7-5, 6-4; Nicole Vaidisova bt Shinobu Asagoe 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2); Justine Henin-Hardenne bt Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-3; Elena Dementieva bt Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-0, 6-3; Lindsay Davenport bt Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-3, 6-1.

Monte Carlo Masters: Third round: Richard Gasquet bt Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; David Ferrer bt Mariano Zabaleta 3-6, 1-0 (retd.); Roger Federer bt Fernando Gonzalez 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4; Juan Carlos Ferrero bt Marat Safin 6-2, 6-4; Rafael Nadal bt Olivier Rochus 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles: Quarterfinals: Leander Paes/Nenad Zimonjic bt Martin Damm/Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3; Wayne Arthurs/Paul Hanley bt Mahesh Bhupathi/Fernando Gonzalez 6-7, 6-3, 6-3. — Agencies

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