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Agassi doubles his duty; Sabatini next for Seles

Andre Agassi decided to double his chances of winning a medal. The top seed in singles will replace injured U.S. teammate Richey Reneberg and compete with MaliVai Washington in doubles today.

Agassi moved into the third round in singles Thursday, beating Karol Kucera of Slovakia 6-4, 6-4.

Reneberg and others speculated that Agassi would decline to play doubles so he could concentrate on singles. But with the Americans down to two healthy players, their only alternative was to withdraw from doubles.

"The team took a hit," Agassi said. "You've got to adjust to it. As far as I'm concerned, if it calls for you to give more, you've got to give more. It's as simple as that. Even if it costs me a medal, it is still something that you've got to do."

One American woman was in action. Top seed Monica Seles reached the third round, beating Patricia Hy-Boulais of Canada 6-3, 6-2. Seles' next opponent is No. 13 Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, who swept Angelica Gavaldon of Mexico 6-4, 6-0. Third-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain beat Italy's Silvia Farina 6-1, 6-2.

In other men's play, third-seeded Thomas Enqvist of Sweden rallied to beat Armenia's Sargis Sargsian 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4. Defending champion Marc Rosset of Switzerland beat Denmark's Frederik Fetterlein 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.