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Schnyder goes it alone

The Swiss are pinning their hopes on Patty Schnyder


Switzerland's Patty Schnyder is now the only Swiss player left in the French Open after her compatriot Marie-Gaïané Mikaelian waved goodbye to Roland Garros.

Schnyder (WTA 24) finally gave fans something to cheer about after a disastrous opening week for the Swiss in Paris. She made it through to the third round by beating Italy's Tathiana Garbin 6-3, 6-2 in little over an hour.

"I dominated the match," Schnyder said. " It felt good out there. Admittedly I tried some things that didn't work but most of them did." She added that she thought her play was improving day by day.

"I'm taking each match as it comes," she said, "and my next opponent is Iroda Tulyaganova. She has a strong serve and a solid backhand."

The Swiss and Uzbek have only ever met once before, with Schnyder losing the match.

Mikaelian out

Sadly it was bad news for team-mate Mikaelian (WTA 53) who won't be joining Schnyder in the next round.

Despite a fighting performance the Swiss number four lost in three sets to Italy's Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. The Lausanne player held two match points during the second set tiebreak but was unable to convert them.

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