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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kuznetsova in Scorching Form

APKuznetsova hitting the ball to Marion Bartoli in her 6-2, 6-0 win Wednesday.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Svetlana Kuznetsova shrugged off the doping row clouding her Australian Open campaign to reach the third round Wednesday and was swiftly joined by men's champion Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

Reigning U.S. Open champion and fifth seed in Melbourne, Kuznetsova crushed Marion Bartoli of France 6-2, 6-0 in a mere 40 minutes -- a performance that matched the scorching hot Melbourne Park temperatures.

Seventh seed Williams, the 2003 champion, needed just one game more and eight minutes longer to thrash Madagascar's Dally Randriantefy 6-3, 6-0, while Federer, four-time Melbourne champion Andre Agassi and last year's runner-up Marat Safin showed they could keep pace with the top women with quickfire wins.

But Wimbledon champion and Kuznetsova's compatriot Maria Sharapova struggled harder before the fourth seed overcame unseeded American Lindsay Lee-Waters 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Temperatures at Melbourne Park edged towards 35 degrees Celsius and second seed Amelie Mauresmo took a welcome break at the end of the second set of her match against teenager Dinara Safina, Marat Safin's little sister.

Mauresmo had got off to a slow start but returned refreshed after the break -- allowed under the tournament's heat policy -- to beat a wilting Safina 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.

The temperature had cooled by the time Federer took to Rod Laver Arena and the world No. 1 turned in a hugely entertaining match, peppering Japanese qualifier Takao Suzuki with audacious passing shots on his way to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Agassi, meanwhile, thrashed Rainer Schuettler 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 -- allowing Schuettler one game fewer than when he beat the German for his fourth Australian title in 2003.

"It's a good feeling to be playing in an environment that you played so well in," Agassi said.

But most of the attention on day three was fixed firmly on Kuznetsova after a Belgian government minister this week said she had tested positive for ephedrine at a charity exhibition tournament in Charleroi last month.

Kuznetsova seemed unfazed by all the attention. She smiled and happily signed autographs after her resounding win.

"I feel like the star here," she said of all the attention.

"I don't feel like I did something wrong. I just try to take it out of my mind because I need to play my game, this is my first priority," Kuznetsova said.

In all, 14 Russian women reached the second round.

Kuznetsova and Sharapova were soon joined in the third round by unseeded Vera Duchevina and Yevgenya Linetskaya. Duchevina, 18, upset ninth seed and compatriot Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3, while Linetskaya hammered Slovak Martina Sucha 6-0, 6-2.

Eleventh seed Nadya Petrova later made it five Russians through to the third round when she fought off Australian schoolgirl Sophie Ferguson 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.