Henman and Moya advance in Estoril

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British number one Tim Henman, seeded fourth, advanced to the second round of the Estoril Open after an untroubled victory Tuesday against Oscar Burrieza.

Henman, who is seventh in the ATP rankings, cruised past the Spaniard with a 6-3, 6-4 win on the tournament's clay courts.

Former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, currently ranked 46th, also clinched a berth in the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Romanian Adrian Voinea.

But another Spaniard, 1998 Estoril winner Alberto Berasategui, exited the event after losing 6-7 (3), 3-6 to Austria's Markus Hipfl who came through the qualifying stages.

Later Tuesday, the men's top seed, Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, aimed to break a string of four winless appearances at the Estoril Open when he met Spaniard Francisco Clavet in a first-round match.

Second-seeded Magnus Norman of Sweden was also scheduled to play Tuesday against Frenchman Jerome Golmard, who is seeded fifth.

In the women's event, Spain's Nurtia Llagostera gave second-seeded Nathalie Dechy a fight, forcing the Frenchwoman to settle the match in the third set at 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Dechy's compatriot Anne-Gaelle Sidot, seeded third, fought back after losing the first set to Hungarian Anna Maria Foeldenyi to win the game 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Sixth-seeded Cristina Torrens-Valero of Spain cruised to a two-set victory against Romanian Catalina Cristea.

The Estoril Open, a combined ATP and WTA event running through April 10, has dlrs 625,000 in prize money in the men's competition, while the women's has dlrs 142,500.



Singles First Round

Carlos Moya, Spain, def. Adrian Voinea, Romania, 6-4, 6-4. Markus Hipfl, Austria, def. Alberto Berasategui, Spain, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Franco Squillari, Argentina, def. David Nalbandian, Argentina, 6-2, 6-1. Tim Henman (4), England, def. Oscar Burrieza, Spain, 6-3, 6-4. Felix Mantilla (7), Spain, def. Galo Blanco, Spain, 6-3, 6-1. Nuno Marques, Portugal, Nicolas Escude (8), France (late) Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1), Russia vs. Francisco Clavet, Spain (late) Jerome Golmard (5), France vs. Magnus Norman (2), Sweden (late) Andrei Pavel, Romania vs. Richard Fromberg, Australia (late) Women

Singles First Round

Nathalie Dechy (2), France, def. Nuria Llagostera, Spain, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. Laurence Courtois, Belgium, def. Kristie Boogert, Netherlands, 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (5). Cristina Torrens-Valero (6), Spain, def. Catalina Cristea, Romania, 6-1, 6-2. Francesca Schiavone, Italy, def. Ana Nogueira, Portugal, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0. Anne-Gaelle Sidot (3), France, def. Anna Maria Foeldenyi, Hungary, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. Maria Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo, Spain, def. Katalin Marosi, Romania, 7-5, 6-1.