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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Joy for Dementiyeva, Clijsters

APYelena Dementiyeva hitting a backhand to Sanda Mamic on Wednesday.
PARIS -- Yelena Dementiyeva, last year's runner-up at Roland Garros, advanced to the third round of the French Open Wednesday after beating Croatia's Sanda Mamic 7-6, 6-2. Also, Kim Clijsters eased into the third round with a win over Slovakian Ludmila Cervanova, and France's Mary Pierce delighted the home crowd by beating Croatia's Jelena Costanic. But there was bad news for Britain's Tim Henman, who bowed out of the tournament after a loss to Peru's Luis Horna.

Dementiyeva faced a tenacious opponent in Mamic, who was quick and slid into full splits to chase down shots.

After being stretched to a tiebreaker, Dementiyeva took control of the second set. She broke her opponent's serve at 4-2 without giving up a point and then closed out the match on serve.

The 23-year-old Russian -- who lost last year to countrywoman Anastasia Myskina -- has been erratic on clay this year, due in part to injury.

Dementiyeva was runner-up at Charleston in April. She withdrew from Berlin earlier this month due to a left hip injury, and then lost in her opening match at Rome after a first-round bye.

Clijsters scurried into the third round of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Cervanova.

Despite sporting a heavily strapped right knee, Clijsters moved effortlessly during the 56-minute contest to record her third successive victory over Cervanova.

The Belgian 14th seed has now dropped just four games in two matches at the claycourt grand slam.

She will next run into either another Slovakian, Daniela Hantuchova, or Catalina Castano of Colombia.

Henman's French Open dreams evaporated in the second round when he was beaten 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 by Horna. Henman joins fellow Briton Greg Rusedski on the plane home to England, the Canadian-born left-hander losing out Tuesday to Brazilian Flavio Saretta .

A semifinalist at Roland Garros last year, seventh seed Henman had high hopes at the claycourt grand slam but ran into a tough baseliner who proved too powerful and consistent for the British No. 1.

Henman was unable to penetrate the Peruvian's defenses with his attacking game and faded under scorching sunshine on court one.

Horna, who had never progressed beyond the second round of a grand slam before, will face either Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela or Romania's Victor Hanescu next.

Mary Pierce rolled back the years to sprint into the third round of the French Open with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jelena Kostanic.

With the crowd roaring her on, the 30-year-old local favorite sealed the win in 58 minutes.

Pierce, the last French player to triumph in the singles at Roland Garros in 2000, will next face either ninth-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva.

Venus Williams, flying the family flag alone this year, needed three sets to move past Colombian Fabiola Zuluaga and advance to the third round in glorious sunshine at the French Open on Wednesday.

The former world number one, who was a runner-up here in 2002, confirmed that the era of total domination by the Williams sisters was over by struggling at times during her 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

The 24-year-old American, whose younger sister Serena pulled out of the tournament because of a sprained left ankle, overcame a second-set fightback and allowed Zuluaga to gain ground after building a 4-0 lead in the third set -- but finally won through.

"It was a very challenging match but I feel I'm playing good," she said. "I'm feeling comfortable in the long rallies."

Men's champion Gaston Gaudio strolled into the third round without hitting a ball after his Russian opponent Dmitry Tursunov withdrew with a knee injury.

"I tried to warm up and then I heard he wasn't going to play," said Argentine Gaudio, who is seeded fifth. "I would have preferred to have won the match obviously but these things happen."

(AP, Reuters, MT)