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Melbourne, Australia (Sports Network) - Belgian stars Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin were among the second-round winners Thursday at the Australian Open. Amelie Mauresmo, the 1999 runner-up at Melbourne Park, also moved on, as did American Meghann Shaughnessy and emerging Russian star Elena Dementieva.

The fourth-seeded Clijsters needed just 48 minutes to dispose of Austria's Barbara Schwartz, 6-1, 6-1, while the sixth-seeded Henin had to go three sets to beat Spain's Marta Marrero, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The Belgian teenagers could meet in the quarterfinals.

Mauresmo, the seventh seed, notched a 7-5, 6-3 win over Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik, while the 10th-seeded Shaughnessy cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Australia's Bryanne Stewart and the 12th-seeded Dementieva posted a 6-4, 6-2 triumph against fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina.

Clijsters committed just 17 unforced errors and fought off each of the two break-points against her serve, while converting four of her seven break opportunities. The 18-year-old is playing in just her third Australian Open. She reached the fourth round last year, then elevated her game with a runner- up finish at the French Open and followed that with quarterfinal appearances at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Next up for Clijsters is Australian wild card Cindy Watson, who rallied from a set down to earn a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi.

Henin, who beat Anna Kournikova in the opening round, struggled on Thursday and won despite 42 unforced errors. She also ripped off 36 winners compared to only eight for Marrero. The 19-year-old reached the fourth round of this event last year, then went to the semifinals at Roland Garros before losing to Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final.

Australian Nicole Pratt will next face Henin. Pratt cruised past Germany's Martina Muller, 6-1, 6-2.

Mauresmo, who lost to Martina Hingis in the '99 Aussie Open final, balanced 31 winners with 30 unforced errors and won 81 percent of her first serves against Srebotnik. The Frenchwoman has failed to duplicate the success she had here in 1999, having lost in the second round in 2000 and in the fourth round last year.

The third-round foe for Mauresmo will be Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, who came back from a set down to beat Hungary's Petra Mandula, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Tanasugarn is coming off a runner-up finish last week at Canberra.

Shaughnessy lost the first game of her match against Stewart, but dropped just one more on the way to the easy victory. The second set was completed in a mere 20 minutes, sending the American to her first third-round match in five tries in Melbourne. She will next face Germany's Marlene Weingartner, who posted a 6-4, 6-2 win over Italy's Antonella Serra Zanetti.

Dementieva, the top-ranked Russian in the world, used a strong cross-court forehand to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the third straight year. She has never advanced past round three in three previous tries at Melbourne, but her best finish in a Grand Slam was a semifinal appearance at the 2000 U.S. Open.

The 20-year-old Dementieva will face No. 23 seed Magui Serna in round three. The Spaniard notched a 6-3, 6-3 win over Italy's Maria Elena Camerin.

Other winners in second-round play Thursday included 16th-seeded Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, No. 20 Rita Grande of Italy and Japan's Ai Sugiyama, the 24th seed.

Tulyaganova beat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4, 6-1; Grande won in two tough sets over Kristie Boogert of the Netherlands, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5; and Sugiyama came back from down 2-5 in the opening set to post a 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 victory over Slovenia's Tina Pisnik.

Elsewhere, Greece's Eleni Daniilidou advanced in three sets over No. 29 Tatiana Panova of Russia and Slovakia's Janette Husarova breezed past Croatia's Iva Majoli in two sets.
 
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