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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kuznetsova rushes past Parmentier

Photo Titled Kuznetsova eyes victory
Kuznetsova eyes victory
As long as Svetlana Kuznetsova is involved, Wimbledon will not lack for heavy hitters, as she underlined while cruising through to the third round 6-1, 6-3 at the expense of France's Pauline Parmentier.

Despite today’s hot conditions, the Russian 5th seed demonstrated plenty of skill and pace to suggest she could become the first woman in seven years to do the “summer double” by collecting the titles at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Parmentier saw evidence of that from the very start. Kuznetsova was fast and accurate as she thundered to a love game on serve. The quickfire start continued as she grabbed a quick break to go 2-0 ahead.

There was only a little slowing of the pace as Kuznetsova ran out the first set in 29 minutes, sealing it with a classic backhand down the line, hit almost inch-perfect.

Parmentier, in her second Wimbledon and ranked 78 in the world, did push the Russian a little harder in the second set but the chances of seriously threatening Kuznetsova were minimal.

The Frenchwoman dropped serve to slip 4-1 behind and Kuznetsova took the match four games later to finish the job in exactly one hour.

Court 3 - Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Pauline Parmentier FRA 13
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS (5)Winner66

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