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AGASSI, WILLIAMS FIND WAYS TO ADVANCE

Andre Agassi breezed past fellow American Vince Spadea, 6-1, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals in the Madrid Masters in Spain. It's the 34-year-old Agassi's first event since losing in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Sept. 9.

In Zurich, Switzerland, Venus Williams was pushed to two tiebreakers over two hours by 16-year-old qualifier Ana Ivanovic of Serbia-Montenegro before reaching the Swisscom Challenge quarterfinals. The seventh-seeded Williams edged Ivanovic, 7-6 (11), 7-6 (6), and will meet Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova today.