- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2002

From combined dispatches
ROME For all of his success, Andre Agassi has never won the Italian Open. He did make the final once, in 1989 when Andy Roddick was 6.
Roddick followed Agassi onto center court at the Foro Italico yesterday, and both picked up straight-set victories in the first round of the Tennis Masters Series clay-court event.
The 32-year-old Agassi beat Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-2, before Roddick eliminated Alex Calatrava 6-2, 6-3 in the French Open tuneup.
At night, No.1 Lleyton Hewitt also dropped just five games en route to the next round, eliminating Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 6-3.
Defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, Pete Sampras and three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten play today.
"It's a tournament I came very close to winning one time," said Agassi, who lost that '89 final to Alberto Mancini. "So to win here many years later would be a pretty good accomplishment."
The owner of seven Grand Slam tournament titles looked at ease in his first European clay-court match of the season, displaying his usual array of baseline winners and passing shots.
"I came here feeling pretty good about the way I was playing on the clay," the ninth-seeded Agassi said. "But the first one is always difficult. Nicolas helped me with some unforced errors, and that always helps you settle into a match."
Kiefer committed 29 unforced errors to Agassi's 18.
The 13th-seeded Roddick ended his match against Calatrava by serving out the final game at love.
In other action, 2000 U.S. Open champion Marat Safin overpowered Alberto Martin 6-2, 6-2. The sixth-seeded Safin, who never has advanced past the second round in Rome, controlled the match, whipping groundstrokes from inside the baseline to improve to 4-0 against Martin.
In three minor upsets, Greg Rusedski lost to wild-card entry Stefano Galvani, 15th-seeded Guillermo Canas fell to Markus Hipfl, and 16th-seeded Alex Corretja lost to Giorgio Galimberti.

Likhovtseva ousts Panova
BERLIN Elena Likhovtseva knocked the first seeded player out of the German Open, defeating No.17 Tatiana Panova 7-5, 3-5, 7-6 (3) as the top players got a day off.
The field is led by Jennifer Capriati, who could regain the No.1 ranking with Venus Williams taking the week off.
Other top players at the tournament include Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters, the world's No.3 player who beat Venus Williams on Sunday to capture the Betty Barclay Open.
None of the top-10 players, including Justine Henin, Jelena Dokic and France's Amelie Mauresmo, played.
Martina Hingis withdrew from the tournament with an injured left foot.
In other matches, Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian won when Marlene Weingaertner withdrew with an injury; Cristina Torrens-Valero defeated Anne Kremer 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2; Anastasia Myskina beat Martina Sucha 6-2, 7-5; Anna Smashnova ousted Angeles Montolio 6-3, 6-3; Meilen Tu won 6-3, 6-2 against Adriana Serra Zanetti; and Anca Barna ousted Italy's Rita Grand 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (10).

Reeves beats Kandarr
WARSAW, Poland Sixth-seeded Samantha Reeves of the United States beat Jana Kandarr of Germany 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round of the $170,000 J&S; Cup.
In other first-round action, Silvija Talaja upset second-seeded Tatiana Poutchek 6-4, 6-2, eighth-seeded Stephanie Foretz defeated Evgenia Koulikovskaya 7-5, 6-2, and Seda Noorlander beat Jana Nejedly 6-1, 7-5.


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