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  Monday, 14 January, 2002, 10:57 GMT
Hingis coasts through
Martina Hingis
Hingis is bidding for a sixth straight final appearance
Click here for Monday's women's singles results from Melbourne

Martina Hingis looked injury-free during her 6-2 6-2 first round win over Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano.

The 21-year-old Swiss star showed no signs of the ankle problem that cost her the number one ranking last year.

She is seeking to reach a sixth straight Australian Open final.

Hingis beat Razzano in straight sets in the third round of last year's Australian Open and Monday's result was all too predictable once Razzano suffered an injury.

Razzano took a time out to receive massaging to both her legs trailing 4-2 in the first set and while she managed to get back on court, she won just two of the next 10 games.

Venus Williams
Williams was on court for under an hour
Venus Williams underlined her championship credentials by powering to a 6-2 6-2 victory over qualifier Ansley Cargill.

The second seed needed only 50 minutes to see off the challenge of compatriot Cargill in the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park.

The defending Wimbledon and US Open champion, whose sister Serena withdrew from the tournament with an ankle injury, sealed the win with her third ace on match point.

Sandrine Testud became the first seeded opening round casualty after a 7-5 4-6 6-3 loss to French compatriot Nathalie Dechy.

The ninth seed looked on course for victory after securing the first set, but a string of errors cost her the match.

Former champion Mary Pierce was forced to retire from her first round match against Jill Craybas with an abdominal strain.

Pierce has been plagued with injuries, missing most of the 2001 season with chronic back problems.

"I've just seen a doctor and she says it will be two to four weeks recovery," said Pierce.

"I first felt it serving in the first game. I felt something funny, there was no sharp pain then but as I tried to serve again it got worse."

Monica Seles of America
Seles is to be single minded during the fortnight
Eighth seed Monica Seles eased into the second round, beating Patty Schnyder 6-1 6-2.

Seles also talked about her reasons for not playing doubles at this year's tournament.

"I really would like to get back up there so I'm just going to focus on my singles," said the 28-year-old, who has not won a Grand Slam title for six years.

Seles will play Zimbabwean Cara Black in the second round.

South African 15th seed Amanda Coetzer enjoyed an easy passage into the second round, securing a comfortable 6-1 6-1 victory over Holland's Miriam Oremans.

Bulgarian Magdalena Maleeva, the 13th seed, beat Swiss Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian, while glamour girl Barbara Schett, the 17th seed, ousted Andrea Glass.

Australian Open - women's singles, first round results:

2-V Williams (US) bt Ansley Cargill (US) 6-2 6-2
13-M Maleeva (Bul) bt M Mikaelian (Swi) 6-3 6-4
K Brandi (US) bt L Cervanova (Slo) 6-3 4-6 6-0
G Arn (G) bt S Stosur (Aus) 6-2 4-6 6-2
C Black (Zim) bt E Loit (Fra) 7-5 6-3
J Craybas (US) bt M Pierce (Fra) 4-0 ret'd
M Seles (US) bt P Schnyder (Swi) 6-1 6-2
A Svensson (Swe) bt E Dominikovic (Aus) 6-3 6-2
N Dechy (France) bt 9-S Testud (Fra) 7-5 4-6 6-3
K Hrdlickova (Cze) bt Shinobu Asagoe (Jap) 4-6 6-3 6-2
N Llagostera Vives (Spa) bt J Kandarr (Ger) 6-0 6-1
15-A Coetzer (SA) bt M Oremans (Ned) 6-1 6-1
21-D Bedanova (Cze) bt T Poutchek (Bel) 6-1 6-2
M Sucha (Slo) bt L Garcia Gala (Spa) 1-6 6-2 6-4
J Hopkins (US) bt I Selyutina (Kaz) 6-2 0-6 6-2
M Diaz-Oliva (Arg) bt 26-C Torrens-Valero (Spa) 7-5 6-4
T Garbin (Ita) bt Mar Irvin (US) 6-0 6-3
F Schiavone (Ita) bt A Kapros (Hun) 4-6 6-3 8-6
B Lamade(Ger) bt C Beigbeder (Fra) 5-7 7-5 6-2
J Hopkins (US) bt I Selyutina (Kaz) 6-2 0-6 6-2
17- B Schett (Aut) bt A Glass (Ger) 6-2 6-4
3-M Hingis (Swi) bt V Razzano (Fra) 6-2 6-2
11-S Farina Elia (Ita) bt L Osterloh (US) 6-4 3-6 6-4
28-A Kremer (Lux) bt D Chladkova (Cze) 6-3 6-4
A Serra Zanetti (Ita) bt V Ruano Pascual (Spa) 6-2 2-6 7-5
J Kostanic (Cro) bt S Reeves (U.S.) 6-0 6-7 (6/8) 6-3
18-Lisa Raymond (US) bt S Noorlander (Ned) 6-0 6-1
Amy Frazier (US) bt 22-Henrieta Nagyova (Slo) 7-5 6-4

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