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Gagliardi stuns Clijsters in Rome

Gagliardi is through to the third round of the Italian Open Keystone Archive

After waiting four months for a win on the WTA Tour, Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliard is now celebrating her second victory in three days. Her latest victim at the Italian Open was the sixth seeded Belgian Kim Clijsters.

This content was published on May 16, 2001 - 18:14

The talented Belgian teenager got off to a strong start in Wednesday's second round match, winning the opening set 6-3.

But the Swiss number four struck back, displaying the same fighting spirit that had seen her triumph over America's Kristina Brandi in the first round, to eventually win the match 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Swiss number two Patty Schnyder saw her recent good fortune desert her as she went out in three sets to Yugoslav teenager Jelena Dokic.

Schnyder, who only reached the second round in Rome after her first round opponent was forced to withdraw with a calf injury, succeeded in taking the first set 6-2 only to lose the next two sets 3-6, 4-6.

It was the second time within the space of a month that Schnyder had suffered defeat against the 18-year-old Dokic. The recently renationalised Yugoslav also ended Schnyder's run in the WTA tournament at Amelia Island.

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