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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No.2 Davenport Exits Paris as Kournikova, Safin Advance




PARIS -- Lindsay Davenport, wincing from pain and moving stiffly from back spasms, was eliminated at the French Open with a first-round loss Wednesday to a grieving Dominique Van Roost.


Van Roost, mourning the death of her mother, outlasted the second-seeded Davenport 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 6-3.


Men's No. 12 seed Marat Safin of Russia came back from a set down to crush Switzerland's George Bastl 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, while women's No. 14 seed Anna Kournikova eliminated Vanessa Webb 6-4, 6-4.


The match was Davenport's first since a back injury forced her to withdraw from a tournament in Rome two weeks ago.


"Unfortunately it was just a week too soon, I think,'' Davenport said. "I was feeling pretty good until the last game of the second set.''


Van Roost cried as she discussed the victory on her 27th birthday.


"Normally I cry when I lose,'' she said, dabbing at tears with a tissue. "This is a little bit special for me. I knew it was going to be tough for me to be here Wednesday.''


The Belgian, a former top 10 player, is competing in only her second tournament since the death of her mother March 26.


Following a day of rain that washed out all 64 matches Tuesday, play resumed Wednesday in cloudy, 15-degree Celsius weather. Matches were held on 22 courts to get the tournament back on schedule.


Defending men's champion Andre Agassi beat Frenchman Anthony Dupuis 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 6-4.


No. 3 Magnus Norman, No. 7 Thomas Enqvist and two-time U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter also won in straight sets. Former world No. 1 Marcelo Rios, trying to come back from groin surgery in November, retired after trailing Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-2.


Fourth-seeded Venus Williams lost only two points in the first five games and beat Jana Kandarr 6-0, 6-3.