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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Martinez Wins Straight Sets at Open


Confidently walking off the tennis court surrounded by TV cameras and eager fans, Spain's Conchita Martinez, 24, was queen of the courts last night after quickly and easily defeating Austria's Sandra Dopfer, 26, on the second day of the Kremlin Ladies Open international tennis tournament.

With little apparent effort, Martinez fired back Dopfer's hard-hitting balls in what she later described as her, "slicing

shop" style, finishing with a final score of 6-3, 6-3.

"I think I played well," said a serious Martinez matter-of-factly as she walked off the court with her coach.

Earlier in the evening, France's Sarah Pitkowski, 21, barely beat Latvia's Larisa Neiland 7-5; 6-3 in a game which lasted more than 90 minutes.

Earlier in the day, South Africa's Amanda Coetzer lost to Russia's Tatyana Panova 6-4, 6-4.

This year, the Kremlin Ladies Open drew a large selection of international tennis stars, including world No. 1 Steffi Graf of Germany, who, despite injuries, will appear in an exhibition game with a yet-to-be-named competitor. It will be Graf's first visit to Moscow.

Paris Open. Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek and former No. 1 Jim Courier were ousted at the Paris Open.

Alberto Berasategui of Spain held off two match points before beating a weakened Krajicek 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. The seventh-seeded Krajicek started fast but slowed with a stomach problem.

Frenchman Arnaud Boetsch topped Jim Courier 6-4, 7-5. It was the third consecutive time that Boetsch beat Courier over the past year. Courier, a two-time French and Australian Open champion, was seeded 15th.

Courier understands his drop in rankings after being No. 1 briefly in 1992 and 1993.

"There's a lot of close matches I've been losing that I need to win to turn it around,'' he said. "For the moment, I've been losing those matches.''

Courier had been plagued by a knee problem that forced him to miss the U.S. Open, and has won just three matches in the last six tournaments since Wimbledon.

"I'm not very happy to lose. I never am,'' Courier said. "I understand I'm not 100 percent. This is part of what I have to do to get there.''

He returned to action after a two-month break in Stuttgart last week where he lost to Michael Chang.

Ameritech Cup. Elena Likhovtseva, prepping for her match against top-seeded Monica Seles, beat Zina Garrison Jackson 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round of the Ameritech Cup.

Garrison Jackson, who won the Chicago stop in 1989, couldn't cope with the Russian's deep baseline shots and powerful overhand drives.

Fifth-seeded Martina Hingis took just 40 minutes to demolish Jolene Watanabe 6-1, 6-1. Hingis lost the first game of the opening set, then took advantage of numerous unforced errors by Watanabe. ()