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Top-ranked Serena into last 16 at Miami

AFP logoAFP 27-03-2016
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 26: Serena Williams chases down a shot while playing Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPKEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 26: Serena Williams chases down a shot while playing Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP © Provided by AFP KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 26: Serena Williams chases down a shot while playing Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPKEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 26: Serena Williams chases down a shot while playing Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

World number one Serena Williams, seeking her fourth consecutive Miami Open title, advanced to the fourth round by defeating Kazakhstan's 97th-ranked Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3.

The 34-year-old American, a 21-time Grand Slam singles champion, next faces Russian 15th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Williams, in quest of her ninth Miami crown overall, is 8-2 all-time against Kuznetsova, winning their most recent meeting in last year's Miami fourth round.

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