Hingis, Safin Advance, Kournikova Bows Out




PARIS -- Martina Hingis drew jeers again Thursday at Roland Garros following a brief display of temper, then regained her composure and won cheers for beating qualifier Julia Abe 6-4, 7-5 at the French Open.


The top-seeded Hingis struggled against Abe, a 24-year-old German ranked 156th. Abe came to Paris with five consecutive losses, but she took a 2-0 lead in each set, and her powerful forehand kept Hingis scrambling.


In the first set, Hingis dumped an easy volley into the net to lose a game, then smacked the net cord with her racket in anger. The crowd on Court 1 hooted and whistled as shewalked to her chair.


That was Hingis' only fit of anger, and the crowd politely applauded her the rest of the way. Last year fans booed when she blew a lead and threw a tantrum in the final against Steffi Graf.


"People so far have been very nice to me," Hingis said. "It was a good match, long rallies, good points. ... That's what we're there for. We're kind of the entertainers."


On another cool, overcast day in Paris, 14th-seeded Anna Kournikova lost to Sylvia Plischke 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. The tournament was Kournikova's 67th without a title, and she hasn't been beyond the fourth round at a major since 1997.


No. 3 Monica Seles won the first nine games and beat Emmanuelle Gagliardi 6-0, 6-1. Seles, bidding for her fourth French Open title, has lost only five games in two matches.


Dominique Van Roost, who upset second-seeded Lindsay Davenport on Wednesday, lost to Marta Marrero 0-6, 7-5, 7-5. No. 4 Venus Williams beat Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-2, 6-2.


Four seeded Frenchwomen easily advanced to the third round. No. 6 Mary Pierce beat Barbara Rittner 6-1, 6-1; No. 7 Nathalie Tauziat swept Florencia Labat 6-1, 6-3; No. 10 Sandrine Testud eliminated Rita Grande 6-1, 6-1; and No. 13 Amelie Mauresmo beat Angeles Montolio 6-3, 6-4.


"The French Open is a very special tournament for us," Testud said. "We have more pressure here than in any other tournament. It would be interesting to have at least one remain in as long as possible."


In men's play, No. 6 Cedric Pioline of France beat Patrick Rafter 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-4. No. 7 Thomas Enqvist, who has lost seven games in two matches, swept Gaston Gaudio 6-3, 6-2, 6-0.


No. 14 Dominik Hrbaty lost to Agustin Calleri 6-7 (6-2), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. No. 12 Marat Safin outlasted Andrew Ilie, who trailed 5-0 in the fifth set when he retired because of cramping.


"It's my pride," Ilie said after the 7-5, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 5-0 loss. "If I didn't have a chance, I didn't want to give him a 6-love in the fifth."