Dementieva's Olympic dream continues into Open third round

Dementieva's Olympic dream continues into Open third roundNew York  - Elena Dementieva continued to live in the glow of her Olympic dream on Wednesday, with the Beijing gold medallist storming into the third round of the US Open 6-2, 6-1 over Pauline Parmentier.

The Russian fifth seed spent less than an hour in defeating the 49th-ranked French player who has never advanced past the second round of a major.

Russians took more opportunities, with 2004 New York champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded third, hammering Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. Ekaterina Makarova beat compatriot Ekaterina Bychkova 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The powerful women's tennis nation also suffered two defeats, as Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine upset eighth seed Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3 and Swiss 15th seed Patty Schnyder dismissed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3.

Kuznetsova said her championship four years ago made the event all the more special to her. "I feel like I've made it here, I really can do it and I've done it here.

"It's amazing feeling," said Kuznetsova, the 2007 finalist against Justine Henin. "That supports me, I don't know how to explain. I just play much more confident.

"When you play here, it's a different atmosphere, you just have so much fun being on the court. Even playing first at 11 am in front of not so many people, but you feel special being on central court.

Unfancied Briton Anne Keothavong continued to surprise in the best Grand Slam run of her career, reaching the third round over experienced London-based Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. "Schiavone is ranked a lot higher than me, she's a seeded player," said the number 87. "I wanted to go out there and just give it my best shot. In the first set she may have been a little bit scrappy, but I felt I did a good job there."

Men's fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko shrugged off the continual pressure on him as result of an ATP match-fix probe which has dragged on for well over a year with no conclusion.

The stoic Russian turned in his best match in months to beat Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

"I played a good first round, I'm surprised because my confidence is not so great at the start of tournaments," said the Wimbledon and Olympic first-round victim.

"But I played good all three sets, fighting good and with very good concentration.

"I've been tired all year, but I'm a player at a big event. It's the last Grand Slam of the season and I'd like to make a good result, said the competitor who also lost to Roger Federer in the semi-finals at the previous two editions. (dpa)


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