Kuznetsova beats Melinda Czink

Updated on May 30, 2009 04:30 PM IST

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova's pursuit of a maiden French Open title gathered momentum today when she reached the fourth round by dispatching Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-1 6-3 with the minimum of fuss.

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Reuters | By, Paris

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova's pursuit of a maiden French Open title gathered momentum on Saturday when she reached the fourth round by dispatching Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-1 6-3 with the minimum of fuss.

The seventh seed was one of the in-form players coming into the championships and she ominously moved into the last 16 for the sixth year running. In three matches, Kuznetsova has lost only 11 games in total.

The first set disappeared in a blur for Czink, who surrendered it in only 22 minutes by whacking a Kuznetsova serve high into the stands.

The 26-year-old Czink offered some resistance in the second but it was never enough to trouble Kuznetsova who smashed the ball away on match point to seal a last-16 date with Polish 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska or Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko.

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