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Tennis: Hewitt, Sharapova Advance at US Open

Top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia and former champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia have easily advanced at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

Sharapova needed just 48 minutes in her straight-set win over Dally Randiantefy of Madagascar, 6-1, 6-0. This was the first time the two players had met one another on the WTA Tour.

Former champion Lleyton Hewitt reached the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York by beating Spain's Albert Costa.

Hewitt, the third seed and the 2001 winner, scored a straight set win, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. The Australian now has a 6-1 all-time record against Costa. Hewitt next faces the winner of a match between Jose Acasuso of Argentina and Luis Horna of Peru.

Elsewhere in men's play Wednesday, 15th-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia scored a four-set win over Andreas Seppi of Italy (6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2). American Taylor Dent needed four sets to beat Germany's Lars Burgsmuller, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Michael Lammer of Switzerland beat Kevin Kim of the United States (3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4).

In women's play, former world number one and fourth seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium beat Colombia's Fabiola Zuluaga in straight sets (7-5, 6-0). Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic beat Jie Zheng of China, 6-3, 6-0. Marion Bartoli of France defeated American Shenay Perry in three sets (4-6, 6-1, 6-0).

Later, former champion American Serena Williams plays Colombian Catalina Castano.