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Tuesday, 28 May, 2002, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
Henin loses to Kapros
Justine Henin loses in three sets
Justine Henin lost her way in the last two sets

Fifth seed Justine Henin crashed out of the French Open after a 4-6 6-1 6-0 first-round defeat to Hungarian qualifier Aniko Kapros.

Henin was one of the pre-tournament favourites after winning the German Open several weeks ago.

But sporting a heavily strapped left thigh, she was totally outplayed by an opponent ranked 174 places below her.

Henin - a semi-finalist at Roland Garros last year - took the first set but was ground down by baseline winners.

Meanwhile, Monica Seles progressed after a 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 6-0 win over Angeles Montolio, of Spain.

Aniko Kapros
Kapros beat Henin from the baseline

Montolio stunned the sixth seed when she raced into a 5-0 lead in the opening set.

But Seles recovered from the early shock and pulled herself back to draw level at 5-5.

Montolio failed to serve out the set on three occasions but withstood the Seles comeback to win the first set on a tiebreak in 47 minutes.

After a lengthy rain delay Seles quickly clinched the second set to level the contest before racing through the decider with a minimum of fuss.

Seles will now face either Germany's Barbara Rittner or Petra Mandula of Hungary in the next round.

Meanwhile, Belgium's fourth seed Kim Clijsters struggled to victory over Tatiana Poutchek of Russia.

The 18-year-old Clijsters beat world number 67 Poutchek 3-6 6-3 8-6 in just over two hours and now meets either Eleni Daniilidou of Greece or Celine Beigbeder of France.

Clijsters, runner-up to Jennifer Capriati at Roland Garros last year, started sluggishly in the overcast conditions and was broken in the opening game.

Elswhere, Japanese qualifier Shinobu Asagoe shocked 19th seeded Russian Anastasia Myskina 3-6 6-2 5-3.

She will meet the winner of the tie between France's Emilie Loit and Australian Alicia Molik.

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Fifth seed Justine Henin
"I had a fever and I could not breathe easily."
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"I've had a great day"
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"A last bout of rain closed the day"
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