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Updated at 6:36 a.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tennis: Venus Williams loses doubles in Hong Kong

By MIN LEE
Associated Press Writer

HONG KONG Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe of the United States lost in straight sets to Team Europe at an exhibition tournament on Wednesday.

Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal beat Team Americas 6-4, 7-5.

Williams will play Jankovic in singles on Thursday.

Vera Zvonareva and Anna Chakvetadze won in straight sets to help Team Russia beat Team Asia Pacific.

The seventh-ranked Zvonareva defeated Zheng Jie of China 7-6 (3), 6-4, and Chakvetadze defeated Sania Mirza of India 6-4, 6-4.

Zvonareva's match featured 13 breaks of service, and the Olympic bronze medalist trailed in both sets. She came back from 3-5 down in the first set, and recovered from a 2-0 deficit in the second.

Mirza returned to play after a right wrist injury cut short her season in 2008.