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Tennis: Hewitt, Williams Advance to US Open Round 2 - 2002-08-29

Defending champions Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and Venus Williams of the United States will take to the courts Thursday in second round action, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

Play was delayed Thursday due to heavy rains in the area. U.S. Open officials say singles play will begin no earlier than 19:30 UTC, and they have postponed all doubles matches. Hewitt, the top men's seed, is scheduled to take on Israel's Noam Okun in a second round match. Williams faces Alicia Molik of Australia in women's play.

In action involving seeded players, No. 4 Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia takes on Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty and former champion and sixth-seeded Andre Agassi of the United States faces countryman Justin Gimelstob. Eight-seeded Albert Costa of Spain takes on South Africa's Wayne Ferreira and ninth-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain plays American Jan-Michael Gambill.

In women's play, third-seeded Jennifer Capriati takes on Slovakia's Tina Pisnik and sixth-seeded Monica Seles of the United States plays Austrian Barbara Schwartz. Seventh-seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium faces American Mashona Washington and ninth-seeded Martina Hingis of Switzerland plays Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy.