posted on May, 30 2004 @ 08:35 AM
Venus Williams swept aside France's Mary Pierce to ease through to the fourth round of
the French Open on Saturday afternoon. Venus, the number four seed, took just 76 minutes to complete a routine 6-3 6-1 victory and now plays
Colombia's Fabiola Zuluaga.
Serena Williams was greeted with jeers and whistles but then eased into the fourth round
of the French Open with a 6-0 6-4 victory over Croatia's Silvija Talaja. The Wimbledon champion needed a convincing performance following her
three-set scare against 17-year-old Russian Maria Kirilenko in the second round but it was never that, even against an opponent in Talaja who appeared
totally overwhelmed by her first meeting with arguably the best women's player on the planet.
Former champion Jennifer Capriati survived a scare before battling past Russian Elena
Bovina in three sets to reach the last 16. The seventh-seeded American began in superb fashion but was pegged back by Bovina and Capriati, the 2001
champion, needed all her experience and skill to finally triumph 6-2 3-6 6-4.
Anastasia Myskina made light work of Denisa Chladkova in Paris on Saturday. The Russian
sixth seed was always the boss against Chladkova, who gave her all but was never really at the races. Myskina took the first set 6-3, put was pushed
in the next as her Czech opponent begann to find her rhythm. The seconrd went to a tie-break, but Myskina kept her cool to close out 6-3 7-6 (7/3).