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Clijsters continues winning ways on return

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  • Former world number one Kim Clijsters wins second round match in Cincinnati
  • The Belgian beats Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in straight sets
  • Clijsters is making comeback after two-year absence from WTA Tour
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(CNN) -- Kim Clijsters continued her fairytale comeback to competitive tennis with a second round victory over Swiss star Patty Schnyder in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Clijsters puts away a forehand volley on the way to her straight sets win.

Clijsters puts away a forehand volley on the way to her straight sets win.

The unseeded Belgian, who received a wildcard to play her first tournament in two years, beat Schnyder 6-2 7-5 to earn a last 16 clash with sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.

The former world number one extended her career tally over Schnyder to 6-2 at the $2 million hardcourt tournament and did not drop her service en route to a comfortable win.

"Does it look easy?" Clijsters told reporters.

"I started off playing well. It's a really good feeling. I'm moving well. I'm very happy with the way I'm starting. It helps your confidence to get into a rhythm."

Clijsters faces a possible quarterfinal against world number one Dinara Safina. She has won six of her seven previous matches against Kuznetsova.

Clijsters returned to action on Monday night with a straight sets win over 12th seed Marion Bartoli of France, a recent winner of the title at Stanford.

She quit the WTA circuit in 2007 to get married and gave birth to a baby daughter in February 2008.

In other action on Wednesday, LA Championship winner Flavia Pennetta of Italy continued her fine form with a straight sets 6-2 6-4 win over Agnes Szavay of Hungary to reach the third round.

Former world number one Jelena Jankovic also battled through against Maria Kirilenko of Russia 7-6 6-3, while seventh seed Vera Zvonareva beat fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova in three sets.

Ninth seed Victoria Azarenka also progressed with a 6-4 6-2 win over Anna Chakvetadze.

Second seed Serena Williams was on court later on Wednesday as she builds up to the final grand slam of the season at the U.S. Open.

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