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Federer wins easily; Serena, Venus advance

  |   May 25, 2004 at 5:51 PM
PARIS, May 25 (UPI) -- Top-seed Roger Federer of Switzerland easily won his first-round match in the French Open Tuesday, defeating Kristof Vliegen of Belgium in 76 minutes.

The world No. 1 player raced past Vliegen 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.

Defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain beat Tommy Haas of Germany 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 and three-time winner Gustavo Kuerten also advanced.

On the women's side, second-seeded Serena Williams of the United States beat Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2 and her sister, Venus, seeded fourth, defeated Tamaraine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-2, 6-4.

Seventh-seeded Jennifer Capriati of the United States won, as did No. 11 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, No. 12 Ali Sugiyama of Japan and former champion Mary Pierce of France.

Forty-seven-year-old Martina Navratilova was defeated in her first Grand Slam singles match in a decade. Gisela Dulko of Argentina ousted Navratilova 6-1, 6-3.

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