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Kuznetsova Enters Third Round At Australian Open

PTI 20 Jan 2010, 9:02:38 AM IST

French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova charged into the third round of the Australian Open with a commanding 6-2, 6-2 win over fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Wednesday. 

Kuznetsova dropped her first service game, but it was all smooth sailing after that as she wrapped up the match in an hour and nine minutes. 

Pavlyuchenkova, a two-time junior champion at Melbourne Park, saved two match points at 5-2 in the second set before Kuznetsova whipped a cross-court forehand return past her to seal the win. 

Kuznetsova next plays the winner of Aravane Rezai of France and Angelique Kerber of Germany.