Jennifer Capriati moved a step closer to a possible quarter-final showdown with Serena Williams by seeing off Nathalie Dechy in straight sets on a half-empty court one.
The number seven seed took just one hour and 12 minutes to despatch her French opponent, who has now lost all five encounters with the American.
Dechy handed Capriati an early advantage with a double fault at break point down in her first service game but recovered to break to the American’s serve before dropping the first set 7-5.
She never recovered, as Capriati began to dominate in the second, storming to a 3-0 lead with another early break.
The 25th seed managed to save two break points against her serve in the sixth game but could not save a third after allowing Capriati back into the game with two double faults.
The American has never won Wimbledon, but is gathering momentum at just the right time and she served out the match imperiously at 5-1.
Capriati will now advance to face Russian Nadia Petrova, the 10th seed, in the fourth round after her straight sets victory over Tatiana Perebiynis.
Victory there would send her into a mouth-watering potential quarter-final against the defending champion, who she beat in Rome earlier this year.