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LeBron James -- er, Venus Williams -- advances at Dubai Championships

Venus Williams Venus Williams had no trouble against Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Venus Williams needed only 56 minutes to dismiss No. 12 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.

With her best victory of the season, the 44th-ranked Williams avenged a three-set loss to Ivanovic in the ASB Classic final last month. In fact, setting aside a victory over then-No. 2 Victoria Azarenka at the Pan Pacific Open last September (Azarenka was shockingly bad in that match), this was Williams' biggest win since defeating 10th-ranked Sara Errani at the Western & Southern Open in August 2012.

So how good was Venus on Tuesday? So good that the Dubai tournament Twitter feed mistook her for four-time NBA MVP LeBron James.

The tournament quickly deleted the tweet and chalked it up to an Instagram glitch, but nothing escapes the quick-fingered screencappers of the world.

Williams will face fellow thirtysomething Flavia Pennetta in the next round. No. 22 Pennetta, who had to qualify for the main draw, upset No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-1.

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