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Gagliardi provides Swiss cheer

Gagliardi will now face Serena Williams in the third round Keystone

Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi has given the country's tennis fans something to smile about at last, after becoming the first Swiss player to reach the third round of this year's Wimbledon tournament.

This content was published on June 27, 2001 - 17:01

The Swiss women's number four is set to make her first ever appearance in Wimbledon's third round after pulling off an extremely convincing win over America's Kristina Brandi.

Taking on a player more than 50 places above her in the world rankings, Gagliardi stormed the first set 6-1. In the second set the Genevan broke her opponent twice to lead 5-2, before successfully serving for a 6-1, 6-2 overall victory.

Gagliardi now faces an altogether more daunting American challenge in round three where she is set to take on fifth seed Serena Williams. The younger of the two Williams sisters on Wednesday overcame some initial difficulty in her second round encounter with Germany's Barbara Rittner, before wrapping up a 6-4, 6-0 victory.

Following a disappointing start by the Swiss contingent at Wimbledon, the country now has just three representatives in the two singles competitions.

In the women's draw Gagliardi is joined by Swiss number two Patty Schnyder, who booked her place in the second round on Tuesday with a straight sets win over Canada's Jana Nejedly.

Roger Federer is Switzerland's only remaining player in the men's draw. The Basel teenager is currently up against Belgium's Xavier Malisse in the second round.

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