2003 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Agassi, Venus post victories


USA's Venus Williams hits a return against compatriot Ansley Cargill during their second round match at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, Wednesday, in Melbourne. Williams won 6-3, 6-0.

AP Photo/David Callow
Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 1:58 a.m.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andre Agassi lost the first seven points of his second-round match at the Australian Open. And then the three-time champion won 18 straight games. Venus Williams was similarly dominant Wednesday, and took some pleasure in stringing together a series of good points.
For a little while, at least, the upsets and near-upsets were put to rest at Melbourne Park.
Lindsay Davenport was lucky to advance in three sets, but 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya lost. The fifth-seeded Spaniard was ousted by 83rd-ranked Mardy Fish 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
And tennis isn't even Fish's favorite sport. It's golf.
After a rocky match in the first round - when younger sister Serena also struggled - Williams enjoyed herself in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Ansley Cargill, an American ranked 118th.
"I was playing a lot of good points in a row. I also was able to start being aggressive because I was more consistent," said Williams, who had 28 errors but 39 winners.
She is trying to meet Serena once again in a fourth straight major final and hoping to add to her collection of four Grand Slam tournament trophies.
Agassi knows a bit about success at major tournaments: He is second to Pete Sampras among active players with seven major titles. But he lost the first game and was down 40-0 in the second against Lee Hyung-taik, who last week in Sydney became the first South Korean to win an ATP Tour title.
A bit of trouble for Agassi? Yeah, right.
He wound up winning 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

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