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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dokic, Kafelnikov Pass Initial Paris Test

PARIS — Yugoslavia's Jelena Dokic breezed through her opening match Monday at the French Open, shutting out Czech player Adriana Gersi 6-0, 6-0.

On the men's side, former Roland Garros champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov claimed his 500th career win by beating Italy's Federico Luzzi in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

Opening women's play on center court, the hard-hitting Dokic took just 40 minutes to advance to the second round.

"It was a good match for me to start. I played quite well," said Dokic, the 15th-seeded player. "I feel like I have a good rhythm."

Dokic, 18, won her first tour title earlier this month at the Rome Masters Series. She beat one of the favorites at Roland Garros, France's Amelie Mauresmo, in the final at Rome.

Iva Majoli, who won the French in 1997, squandered a first-set lead and lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Italy's Rita Grande.

Her defeat means 11th-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario is the only former French Open champion remaining in the women's draw.

Kafelnikov, who captured the French title in 1996, is seeded seventh this year. "Even though I won in three sets, it wasn't easy," he said. "I was pushed almost to the limit."

Kafelnikov, who is playing his ninth consecutive French Open, has not won a title on clay since his 1996 win here. But the Russian is optimistic about his chances this year.

"If I can get going, it's going to be difficult to stop me," he said.

Third-seeded Andre Agassi has a tough start Tuesday. The 1999 Roland Garros champion will open against Swede Thomas Johansson.

Pete Sampras, chasing his first title at Roland Garros, has an easier opener Tuesday against French qualifier Cedric Kauffmann.

Second-seeded Marat Safin will be hoping to kick-start his season in his opening match against Austrian Markus Hipfl. Safin has not gotten past the second round in this year's first five Masters Series tournaments. Three of those were on clay.

The shortlist of women's contenders was still further reduced Sunday when third-seeded Lindsay Davenport pulled out due to a recurring knee injury.