Clijsters, Venus breeze into 4th round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams each lost just three games en route to the fourth round of the French Open.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams made short work of their opponents today, each losing just three games en route to the fourth round of the French Open. On another warm, humid day in Paris, No. 2-seeded Clijsters beat Argentina's Paola Suarez 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour. Suarez, seeded 30th, had six double faults and 45 unforced errors. No. 3 Venus Williams had six aces and beat No. 26 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy 6-1, 6-2 in 52 minutes. No. 6 Lindsay Davenport also advanced, defeating No. 25 Nathalie Dechy of France 6-3, 7-5, while No. 7 Jennifer Capriati took advantage of a shaky showing by Ukrainian qualifier Julia Vakulenko to win 6-1, 6-2. Williams lost a set in the second round, but Clijsters and Capriati have each dropped only nine games in three matches. Those advancing today are hoping to end the reign of defending champion Serena Williams, who beat Barbara Schett 6-0, 6-0 yesterday. Capriati said she wasn't fazed by that lopsided score. "I don't think anyone cares about those results," she said. "I just think people care about who's the winner of the tournament". Capriati lost the first game and then won eight in a row. Vakulenko, playing in her first Grand Slam event, double-faulted nine times, committed 40 unforced errors and lost in 57 minutes. "It didn't seem like I hit a ball the whole match," Capriati said. "Sometimes that easy is difficult, because you have to work so hard on your concentration". Capriati improved to 15-1 at Roland Garros since 2001, when she won the French title. Davenport, bidding for her fourth Grand Slam championship and her first since 2000, said her title chances are slim compared with the Williams sisters and Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo. "I consider myself an outsider for sure," Davenport said. "Those girls are much better than me on clay and move better and hit the ball better. It's not my favourite surface. I just come out here and do the best I can, and I'm happy to be in the round of 16". Davenport will next play No. 24 Conchita Martinez, who swept Tina Pisnik 6-3, 6-3. That put the Spaniard in the fourth round at Roland Garros for the 14th time, but the first time since 2000. No. 22 Vera Zvonareva eliminated Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-3, 6-4. (AP)

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