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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kurnikova Ousted by Paulus, 6-4, 6-3


There was plenty of action at the Kremlin Ladies Open on Wednesday highlighted by last match of the evening on central court which pitted No. 2 seed Barbara Paulus of Austria against Russia's young hopeful Anna Kurnikova. These two met for the first time at the U.S. Open two months ago where the Muscovite upset the 14th seed.

This time Paulus won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, outplaying the Russian from the baseline.

"This time I knew how to play her," said the Austrian. "When we met in New York, I was a little too flat and she surprised me coming to the net."

Kurnikova said that she was a bit nervous in front of the home audience.

"I was rushing my shots instead of being more patient and I made too many unforced errors," she said.

This loss however does not mean that the 15-year-old crowd favorite is out of the tournament. Kurnikova is still alive in the doubles and she will also face Steffi Graf, the world's top player, in an exhibition match Sunday afternoon, as was announced Wednesday by the organizers.

In the other matches, fourth seed Belgian Sabine Appelmans beat qualifier Sarah Pitkowski of France 6-4, 7-6, while the No. 5 Ruxandra Dragomir of Romania defeated Poland's Malgozhata Grzhybovska 6-2, 7-6 and seventh seed Barbara Schett of Austria toppled Sweden's Asa Carlsson 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Paris Open. Pete Sampras and Boris Becker both lost in their first matches in the Paris Open on Wednesday.

Marc Rosset, with 20 aces, topped defending champion Sampras, 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour, 15 minutes.

An angry Becker lost to Carlos Moya of Spain, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 and blasted the conditions, calling the atmosphere "a zoo.''

"What I've experienced today put me in a state of shock. I am sorry,'' Becker said. "If people, especially in that hall behind the server, are constantly moving, screaming, laughing, getting up, it's impossible to play great tennis.''

The three-time Paris Open champion, was never at ease during his match against Moya, ranked 24th in the world.

Becker didn't like the atmosphere, especially with a number of schoolchildren on vacation this week.

"I came out and it was like, 'Where am I? Am I in the wrong movie?' I was astonished what's happening on the tennis court,'' Becker said.

In the match following Becker's loss, Thomas Muster withdrew from a match for the second time in a week when he left the court after losing the first set, 6-2, to Stefan Edberg.

Edberg is in the next-to-last tournament of his career and now has a 10-0 record against Muster.

In the first match of the day Goran Ivanisevic also lost. Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands topped Ivanisevic in 54 minutes, 6-3, 6-2.

Andre Agassi crashed to a humiliating defeat Tuesday in his first match falling to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat against stubborn Swede Magnus Gustafsson.

Ameritech Cup. Jennifer Capriati took another step in her comeback bid Tuesday, rallying to upend Lisa Raymond 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) in a first-round match at the $450,000 Ameritech Cup tennis tournament.

Capriati, now ranked 50th in the world after rising as high as sixth at age 15, won the first four points in the second-set tiebreaker, closing out the 1-hour, 20-minute match when Raymond sailed a return long.