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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Myskina Cruises Into 3rd Round

APRussia's Anastasia Myskina returning to compatriot Lina Krasnoroutskaya during their second-round matchup on Thursday.
WIMBLEDON, England -- Tenth-seeded Anastasia Myskina of Russia claimed a comfortable victory over fellow Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya to reach the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday.

Myskina won 6-1, 6-4 without ever needing to slip into top gear against an error-prone opponent.

Krasnoroutskaya, a former world junior champion who missed much of last year with an ankle injury, was rarely able to place any pressure on Myskina in their baseline rallies.

Myskina gained the first break to lead 3-1 when Krasnoroutskaya netted a forehand, but she then had to fight off two break points in the next game. The first was saved with a winning forehand, and the second with a crosscourt backhand winner at the end of a 23-stroke rally.

Myskina was the quicker player around the court, and she broke a second time to lead 5-1 and served out for the set in 24 minutes.

In the second set Myskina swiftly took control, breaking twice to lead 3-0 for the loss of just four points. She then held off a break point before holding for 4-0 and held two break points to lead 5-0 before Krasnoroutskaya finally began to offer a late challenge.

Finally making use of her big forehand, she broke Myskina in the sixth game and held for 3-4, but although she held a point to level at 5-5 she could not recover the second break, and Myskina held on to win in just over an hour, closing out the match with an ace.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce upset No. 14 Eleni Daniilidou 6-4, 6-1.

Pierce, ranked 86th and plagued by injuries in recent years, advanced to the third round of a major event for the first time since Wimbledon last year. She lost in the opening round at this year's French Open and in the second round at the Australian Open.

Pierce looked in fine form against Daniilidou, committing just five unforced errors. She won the Australian Open in 1995 and the French Open in 2000, but her best showing at Wimbledon was a 1996 quarterfinal appearance.

"She's a delight to watch when she's on her game," said Pam Shriver, a five-time Wimbledon doubles champion and now a BBC commentator. "And I've never seen her apply her skills so well on a grass court. She now becomes a danger figure in her part of the draw."

No. 8 Jennifer Capriati hit nine aces, including one on match point, to beat Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian 6-2, 6-1.

In a battle of qualifiers on the men's side, Swede Robin Soderling beat Gilles Elseneer of Belgium 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-3.