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Venus Williams. (Photo credit: Twitter/BNPPARIBASOPEN)

Williams Crushes Safarova, Thiem Cruises Past Zverev in Indian Wells

NDIAN WELLS, Calif -- Venus Williams and Dominic Thiem punched their tickets to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas on Monday.

Williams, who had a thigh taped, had no trouble moving today, avoiding the slow start she had against Jelena Jankovic. She took the match 6-4, 6-2.

"I felt really pretty good off the ground," she said. "This court is tricky as the ball stops, so a lot of the times you're not hitting the ball where you think you're going to hit it. So it definitely takes adjustments.

"I don't know if there's enough time to adjust, anyway. You just kind of like deal with it. So it's an interesting court. You know, I felt like I was being able to string points together, which of course puts pressure on my opponents if I'm not making as many errors."

The American next meets the winner of Agnieszka Radwanska and Peng Shuai for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Thiem defeated Mischa Zverev, who shocked world No. 1 Andy Murray in Australia. The Austrian needed only 58 minutes to beat the German.

" I mean, he's a very tricky opponent, but I had a very good start," said Thiem in his post-match presser. "In general, I mean, I returned very well. Actually, probably better than I expected myself.

"So it was very, very good performance from the first to the last point."

Thiem awaits the winner of big servers John Isner and Gael Monfils.

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