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Molik eases through

From our wire services
04 apr 02

News Interactive

SARASOTA, Florida: Australia's Alicia Molik has hit a forehand winner on the first point after a two-hour delay to beat Mashona Washington in the Sarasota Open.

Molik, serving at triple-match point when play was suspended because of rain, advanced to a second-round match against Slovakia's Janette Husarova with her 6-4 6-4 win over Washington. Husarova beat third-seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in straight sets on Tuesday.

In an all-Russian match, Anastasia Myskina beat qualifier Alina Jidkova 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

In a second-round match, Tatiana Panova, also of Russia, beat Gala Leon Garcia of Spain 6-4, 6-2.