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Kerber advances to quarterfinals at Brisbane International; Venus Williams gets rolling in NZ

  • Germany's Angelique Kerber plays a shot in her 2nd round match against Daria Gavrilova of Russia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

    Germany's Angelique Kerber plays a shot in her 2nd round match against Daria Gavrilova of Russia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a shot in her match against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

    Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a shot in her match against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after winning her match against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

    Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after winning her match against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)  (The Associated Press)

Third-seeded Angelique Kerber secured the first spot in the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Daria Gavrilova on Tuesday.

Varvara Lepchenko also advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow American Madison Keys, who had ousted Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round.

In a men's first-round upset, Lukasz Kubot of Poland beat fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (3), 6-4.

At the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, Venus Williams made short work of her first match of the new year by sweeping past Slovakia's Jana Cepelova 6-4, 6-0 in 52 minutes.

Williams, seeded third behind Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani, appeared fit and served 10 aces.

The seven-time major winner reached the final of the Auckland hard-court tournament last year.