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  Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 00:46 GMT 01:46 UK
Capriati eases through
Jennifer Capriati dispatches with her first round opponent with ease
Capriati will be looking to add the US Open title
Australian and French Open champion Jennifer Capriati reached the second round of the US Open by sweeping Amanda Hopmans aside 6-2 6-1.

The 63-minute triumph over her Dutch opponent sent the American into a second-round encounter with Australia's Evie Dominikovic.

"This is the last Grand Slam of the year and I'm going to give it all I've got," said Capriati.

Defending champion Venus Williams was a comfortable winner in her first round match.


I had a great time winning last year - I would like to be equally succcesful this year
Venus Williams

The American beat Slovakian Lenka Dlhopolcova 6-2 6-3 in under an hour in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

French Open runner-up Kim Clijsters showed no effects from the thigh injury she picked up last week to cruise into the second round.

The fifth-seeded Belgian took 48 minutes to beat New Zealand's Pavlina Nola in straight sets.

French eighth seed Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the second round by defeating Russia's Anastasia Myskina 3-6 6-1 6-4.

Elena Dementieva
Dementieva came through safely

Mauresmo overcame eight double faults to win in 97 minutes.

The 16th seed Silvia Farina Elia lost to Maja Matevzic of Slovenia 6-2 6-4.

The 21-year-old Matevzic, ranked 105 in the world, took advantage of 41 unforced errors from the 29-year-old Italian.

Farina Elia's compatriot, Francesca Schiavone, was another seed to fall.

Schiavone, who was given a seeded spot after the withdrawal of Anna Kournikova and Conchita Martinez, lost in straight set to Virginia Ruano Pascual.

Mauresemo success
Mauresemo success

Ruano Pascual also caused an upset in the first round of the last Grand Slam at Wimbledon when she beat Martina Hingis.

Ninth seed Nathalie Tauziat was given a scare by Zimbabwean Cara Black.

The Frenchwoman, playing in her final Grand Slam event, lost the first set but finally prevailed 6-2 in the third set.

Austria's Barbara Schett swept American Alexandra Stevenson) aside 6-1 6-3.

American Chanda Rubin, who is the 28th seed, also had to go to three sets to see off the challenge of German Jana Kandarr.

Seeds safely through in straight sets included Olympic silver medallist Elena Dementieva (11), Magdalena Maleeva (15), Iroda Tulyaganova (22), Henrietta Nagyova (25) and Lisa Raymond (30).

Anke Huber, seeded 17 and playing her last US Open, was a comfortable straight sets winner over Maria Emilia Salerni, of Argentina.

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