Myskina's coach (another Damir Dokic?)
While Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne and Hantuchova breezed through their matches, Myskina and Mauresmo struggled to find their groove. Myskina received a scare from Australian Nicole Pratt but managed to regroup for a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 win while Mauresmo made several errors in the first set before bouncing back in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Elena Likhovsteva of Russia.
Myskina was down as much as 5-1 in the second set. Her coach was so unhappy with her play that he stormed off the court.
"He was really mad that I was down and I just said that I have to win because I don't want to make him even more angry," Myskina said.
As she got further and further behind, the negative thoughts took over.
"That I'm going to go home, that I'm going to quit tennis, I'm not going to go on the court anymore in my life," she said of what flashed through her head. "Always when you're losing you don't want to play, you hate tennis. But as soon as you win, everything is really good."
In the third round, Myskina will face Elena Dementieva. The two are among several Russian players in the top 50 right now.
"I think it will be a really tough match for both of us," she said. "It's going to be tough mentally."