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Defending champ Venus Williams ousted by Safarova in 3rd round in Dubai

Defending champion Venus Williams is out of the Dubai Tennis Championships after losing in the third round in straight sets to 11th-seeded Lucie Safarova.

The eighth-seeded Williams looked listless in the humid 93 degree Fahrenheit (34 c) temperatures as Safarova cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Williams offered Safarova six opportunities to break serve and the Czech player took advantage four times, twice in each set.

Joining Williams on the sidelines was fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who lost 6-4 6-2 to unseeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

Sixth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia reached the quarterfinals by beating Zarina Dyas of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4.