Tennis: Kuerten opens with win in Mexican Open

Thursday, March 01, 2001
Top-seed Gustavo Kuerten cruised through a first-round victory in the Mexican Open defeating Spain's Felix Mantilla 6-4, 6-1.

The Brazilian will face fellow Brazilian Alexandre Simoni in the next round on the clay courts of the Pacific Coast resort.

Kuerten also moved ahead in doubles, playing alongside Donald Johnson of the United States to defeat Lucas Arnold of Argentina and Tomas Carbonel of Spain 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Argentine Guillermo Canas beat Hicham Arazi of Morocco 6-3, 6-1 while ninth-seeded Gaston Gaudio, also of Argentina, topped another Moroccan, Younes El Ayanaoui, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3.

In a match of Spaniards, Sergi Bruguera defeated Albert Costa 7-5, 6-3.

On the women's side, top-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa cruised past Maria Antonieta Sanchez Lorenzo of Spain 6-4, 6-1, and second-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia beat Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia 6-4, 7-5.

Both Coetzer and Dementieva had first-round byes.

Mariana Diaz-Oliva of Argentina, seeded 22nd, advanced to the quarterfinals over third-seeded Sandrine Testud of France, who withdrew with muscle problems trailing 0-1 in the second set after losing the first 2-6.

Sixth-seeded Rita Kuti Kis of Hungary recovered for a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Ana Medina of Spain.