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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Agassi, Safin Progress in Paris

PARIS — Andre Agassi opened his campaign for a second consecutive Grand Slam title on Tuesday, beating Sweden's Thomas Johansson 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round of the French Open.

Agassi, the 1999 champion, closed out the match with a ripping forehand pass to take only his second win on clay this year.

"Every day is different here," said Agassi. "It's all about making sure that you are physically and mentally ready.

"It's not easy, but it never has been."

The 31-year-old Agassi, seeded third, is playing his 13th French Open. He lost in the second round last year. He took the year's first Grand Slam, winning the Australian Open in January.

Also trying to win a second Grand Slam in a row is Jennifer Capriati, who beat France's Emilie Loit 6-2, 7-5 in her opener.

The fourth-seeded American climbed back from 5-2 down in the second set to level at 5-5. She then overtook her 81st-ranked opponent, despite serving seven double-faults on her way to win in one hour and five minutes.

"I just played one point at a time," said Capriati. "I didn't get nervous at all, I just went for it."

No. 2 Marat Safin tried to kick-start his season with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 win over Austrian Markus Hipfl.

Safin has been hampered by a back injury since February, but has continued to play major tournaments — by his own admission, to avoid losing money.

"I'm glad that I've recovered from the injury," said Safin, although he admitted he was only "60 percent" better.

Spaniard Carlos Moya, who won the title in 1998 but is unseeded this year, cruised to a straight-set win over countryman Feliciano Lopez.

No. 17 Sandrine Testud advanced to the second round Tuesday, defeating American Dawn Buth 6-1, 6-1.

Venus Williams, the No. 2 player in the world, made 43 errors on her way to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat Monday against Austria's Barbara Schett, ranked 24th.

No. 5 Amelie Mauresmo of France lost her opening match to Jana Kandarr of Germany 7-5, 7-5. No. 3 Lindsay Davenport withdrew Sunday because of a knee injury.

The men's field has yet to produce any major surprises. Defending champion Gustavo Kuerten, No. 4 Juan Carlos Ferrero, No. 6 Lleyton Hewitt and No. 7 Yevgeny Kafelnikov all have advanced.