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  Thursday, 30 August, 2001, 01:21 GMT 02:21 UK
Big guns into third round
Serena Williams at the US Open
Serena Williams coasted into round three
Former champions Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams and Martina Hingis wasted little time in reaching the third round of the US Open in New York.

Seles cruised past Russian qualifier Evgenia Koulikovskaya 6-1 6-4 in 47 minutes.

Seles served five aces and 19 winners but committed 20 unforced errors.

Lindsay Davenport on song
Lindsay Davenport on song

But Koulikovskaya had 27 unforced errors and only eight winners.

Seles, who will next face Greek qualifier Eleni Daniilidou, was not completely satisfied with her performance.

"I was not at a level I'd want to be against a top player but hopefully I'll pull it together," she said.

Third seed Davenport brushed aside the challenge of Frenchwoman Emilie Loit 6-0 6-2.

The American served six aces in the first set, which she wrapped up without losing a game in just 18 minutes.

Two breaks in the second allowed Davenport, who was the runner-up here last year, to wrap up victory in 42 minutes.

Her third round opponent will be Spaniard Angeles Montolio.


I'm feeling I can get any ball right now - I feel so fast, just so quick, I feel special
Serena Williams

The 27th seed also made light work of her second round match, crushing experienced Dutchwoman Miriam Oremans 6-2 6-1.

Tenth seed Williams beat Czech Denisa Chladkova 6-1 6-1 in 44 minutes and will now play Slovakian Martina Sucha.

Hingis overcame a potentially tricky opponent, Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya, with ease, winning 6-0 6-2.

In round two, she will meet Iva Majoli, who made a spectacular second set comeback to beat German Barbara Rittner 6-4 7-5.

Croat Majoli prevented Hingis from winning a Grand Slam in 1997 by beating the Swiss player in the final of the French Open.

Patty Schnyder
Schnyder: Pushed Justine Henin to three sets

Wimbledon finalist Justine Henin was made to battle by Patty Schnyder before progressing in three sets.

The sixth seed was 5-2 up in the first set but lost her way and Switzerland's Schnyder battled back to take it on a tie-break.

Henin then improved her game to take the second set 6-1 and won the third comfortably 6-4 to make it into the next round.

Another former champion, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, is in the third round after beating Japan's Ai Sugiyama in straight sets.

Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia had to battle hard to overcome American Lilia Osterloh.

The 14th seed was stretched hard in the first set but once she had secured it, the result was never in doubt.

Twelfth seed Meghann Shaughnessy beat Asa Carlsson in straight sets while Russian Elena Likhovtseva, seeded 21, needed three sets to beat compatriot Nadia Petrova.

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