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Ivan Lendl began defense of his U.S. Open championship...

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MARTIN LADER, UPI Sports Writer

NEW YORK -- Ivan Lendl began defense of his U.S. Open championship today by blanking Barry Moir 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, and Martina Navratilova needed just over an hour to glide past Kate Gompert in her first match.

Lendl's match was the first three-set whitewash since the national championship went open in 1968, and the fourth at a Grand Slam event during the Open era.

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Oddly, three have come this year. Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia blanked Eduardo Bengoechea of Argentina at the French Open, and Stefan Edberg of Sweden did the same to compatriot Stefan Eriksson at Wimbledon.

Navratilova, the defending women's champion, swept her first five games en route to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Gompert. The 30-year-old second seed converted 66 percent of her first serves, with four aces, in the 61-minute match. Gompert had three break points, all in the second set, but was unable to convert.

John McEnroe followed Navratilova on the Stadium Court against fellow American Matt Anger.

The first 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 score at a Grand Slam during the Open era came at the 1968 French Open when Nikki Spear of Yugoslavia beat Frenchman Daniel Contet.

In 1977, when the Open was played on clay at Forest Hills, Ilie Nastase shut out South African Frew McMillan 6-0, 6-0 in a preliminary round that was a best of three sets.

Lendl, the two-time defending Open champion, required only 71 minutes to dispose of Moir, a 25-year-old South African ranked No. 122 in the world.

Moir was successful on 91 percent of his first serves, but wasn't effective with them, managing only 15 points on his serve. There were no double faults in the match, and Lendl had five aces.

Moir managed only three break points against Lendl, one in the first set and two in the second. Moir hurt himself with 38 unforced errors to only 17 for Lendl.

'He just does't have the power,' Lendl said of Moir. 'His best shot seems to be a return of serve. He doesn't hurt me because I don't come in. He basically plays the same kind of game as I do, but I hit everything harder and I miss a little bit less, and that's how a result like this comes about.'

Hana Mandlikova, the 1985 Open champion and fourth seed this time, defeated Nathalie Herreman of France 6-1, 6-3 in their opening match.

Catarina Lindqvist, the 14th seed from Sweden, advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Amy Fraizer, Pam Casale defeated Iva Budarova of Czechoslovakia, 7-5, 6-2, Ann Henricksson beat Judith Wiesner 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, and Peanut Louie-Harper defeated Debbie Spence 6-4, 6-1. Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, the ninth seed from West Germany, defeated Alycia Moulton 6-2, 7-5.

Fourth seed Boris Becker was scheduled to play Tim Wilkison in the feature night match. Wilkison was the only American man to reach the quarterfinals of the Open last year.

Kevin Curren, a Wimbledon finalist in 1985, was forced to withdraw because of a knee injury. A native South African who now lives in Austin, Texas, Curren has failed to get past the first round of the Open since 1981. He is ranked 29th in the world. Curren's spot in the draw was taken by Chip Hooper of Sunnyvale, Calif.

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