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Tennis: Juan Carlos Fererro Advances in French Open - 2003-06-02

Third-seeded Juan Carlos Fererro of Spain has easily advanced to the quarterfinals of the French Open tennis tournament outside Paris, by defeating countryman Felix Mantilla in straight sets on Monday.

On a day when men's singles play is in the spotlight to complete the quarterfinal field, Ferrero won the battle of the clay court specialists 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. Ferrero, last year's losing finalist, will take on Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the round-of-eight. The 19th-seeded Gonzalez topped Jarko Nieminen of Finland 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

In other matches Monday, ninth-seeded Albert Costa of Spain takes on number 32 Arnaud Clement of France, three-time champion and 15th-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil battles number 28 Tommy Robredo of Spain and seventh-seeded Guillermo Coria of Argentina and his countryman Mariano Zabeleta will complete their match, which was suspended due to darkness Sunday. The seventh-seeded Coria leads 6-4, 7-6, 5-7.

On Sunday in women's play, top-seeded Serena Williams and number eight Chanda Rubin of the United States, fourth-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium and fifth-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France advanced.

But there were several surprises. Third-seeded Venus Williams was stunned by Russian teenager Vera Zvonareva 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, while seventh-seeded American Jennifer Capriati lost to Russia's Nadia Petrova in three sets. Former world number one and sixth-seed Lindsay Davenport of the United States retired from her match against Spaniard Conchita Martinez with an injury to her right foot.