Clijsters advances to third round in 44 minutes

Updated: June 22, 2005, 4:58 PM ET
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WIMBLEDON, England -- Kim Clijsters wasted little time advancing to the third round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The 15th seed from Belgium, Clijsters routed American Marissa Irvin 6-1, 6-1 in just 44 minutes in an early match at the All England Club.

"I'm very happy with this win, especially with the way I played," Clijsters said. "On a scale of 10, I would give myself an eight."

Clijsters, who is coming off a victory at the grass-court warmup event in Eastbourne, never faced a break point and broke Irvin five times.

Clijsters next will face Italian Roberta Vinci, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Anne Kremer of Luxembourg.

Top seed Lindsay Davenport dropped just seven points through seven games in a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fellow American Jamea Jackson, an 18-year-old qualifier. Davenport will meet either No. 30 Dinara Safina -- Safin's younger sister -- or Czech Barbora Strycova in the third round.

"I feel pressure in the sense that obviously I know there's not going to be many more opportunities to have at Grand Slams," Davenport said. "On the other hand, some of the pressure is relieved by the fact knowing that I've at least won it one time in my career. But that was a long time ago. So it's kind of a weird feeling.

"I know that when I keep playing my chances are becoming smaller and smaller. But who knows. I mean, I'm still enjoying it and would like to get one more under my belt before it's all said and done."

No. 3-seeded Amelie Mauresmo, U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 6 Elena Dementieva and No. 9 Anastasia Myskina also won.

Mauresmo eliminated Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-1, 6-3. Kuznetsova, seeded fifth, beat Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

"[It was a] very good match," Mauresmo said. "Nothing really much to say about that. It's just hope, you know, that I'll keep going like this and keep having these feelings on the courts."

In the third round, Mauresmo will play American Shenay Perry, who beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand, 7-6 (1), 6-2.

The 20-year-old Perry never had advanced beyond the second round of a Grand Slam before.

Dementieva double-faulted 17 times and still beat qualifier Sabine Klaschka 2-6, 6-3, 8-6. Myskina, the 2004 French Open champion, defeated Aiko Nakamura 6-4, 6-3 despite failing to convert 12 set points in the opening set.

In the third round, Kuznetsova will meet Czech Nicole Vaidisova, the 27th seed, while Dementieva awaits unseeded American Mashona Washington.

No. 13 Elena Likhovtseva eliminated American Meghann Shaughnessy 6-3, 7-6 (4). No. 17 Jelena Jankovic swept Mariana Diaz-Oliva 6-3, 7-5.

Against Irvin, Clijsters was at her overpowering best on the final point of the first set. Moving steadily forward, she hit a swinging volley, a forehand volley and then an overhead slam for a winner.

When a poor choice of shots cost Clijsters a point in the second set, she bounced her racket strings off her head in dismay. But she had little to be upset about, committing just seven unforced errors, and won every service game at love in the second set.

"I felt like I was seeing the ball really well," Clijsters said. "It has been a long time since I felt like this, and it's a very good feeling to have. I'll try not to get all happy about it, work hard and try to maintain that feeling."

Myskina, the 2004 French Open champion lost her cool before she regained her focus to edge out Japan's Aiko Nakamura 6-4, 6-3 and reach the third round.

Myskina became increasingly agitated as she struggled to close out the first set. After feeling especially hard done by a line call, she stormed up to umpire Tamara Vrhovec and screamed: "You don't really care do you? You're not the one playing."

Myskina needed 12 set points over three games before outwitting her plucky opponent with a blistering backhand down the line winner.

Myskina had to keep digging deep in the second set as the players traded breaks and heavy blows from the baseline.

She eventually overcame Nakamura's stubborn resistance to secure her passage into the third round with another backhand winner.

Myskina will next face 17th-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic, a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Mariana Diaz-Oliva of Argentina.

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