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New foes collide at Lipton

Published Oct. 1, 2005

Mary Joe Fernandez and Lindsay Davenport quickly shook hands at the net and quietly walked off the court, side by side but no longer best friends.

Now they're merely foes, and Monday's match at Lipton Championships, where Fernandez beat Davenport 6-2, 6-4, did little to soothe hard feelings since their doubles partnership dissolved amid animosity.

"I guess you could say we're trying to work some things out," said Fernandez, who avenged a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Davenport at Indian Wells, Calif., earlier this month.

Fernandez, seeded 10th, advances to the quarterfinals against top seed Martina Hingis, who improved to 23-0 this year by beating Elena Likhovtseva 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.


4 Monica Seles, returning to the tour after a four-month absence with a broken finger, beat Asa Carlsson 6-2, 6-1.


2 Arantxa Sachez Vicario was upset by Sandrine Testud of France 6-0, 7-5. No.

3 Jana Novotna beat 15-year-old Anna Kournikova 6-3, 6-4.

Sanchez Vicario, who hasn't won a title since May in Hamburg, won only three points in three service games in the opening set.

In men's play, Jim Courier, the 1991 champion, won the final five games to beat Scott Draper 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Draper upset Andre Agassi in the second round.

Courier and Pete Sampras were the only American men to advance to the final 16. The top-seeded Sampras improved to 19-1 this year by beating Francisco Clavet 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Sampras is the only seed left in the top half of the men's draw. He jumped to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreaker before Clavet was able to win a few points.

No. 2 seed Thomas Muster routed 18-year-old Tommy Haas 6-1, 6-2.