Also at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Russia's Olga Brusnikina, almost perfect in the judges' estimation, won the gold medal in solo synchronized. Portraying a languorous princess, Brusnikina, an Olympic and world gold medalist in duet and team competition, received perfect 10s from three of the five judges evaluating technical merit and from three of those judging artistic impression. Her other marks were 9.9s, giving her a total of 99.434 points. American Anna Kazlova, in her first solo appearance, placed fourth with 96.543.
TENNIS: French Open champion and top-seeded Gustavo Kuerten and No. 2 Yevgeny Kafelnikov reached the quarterfinals of the Mercedes Cup with straight-set victories in Stuttgart, Germany. No. 13 Alberto Martin upset No. 3 Arnaud Clement, Australian Open runner-up, 7-5, 6-3, and 10th-seeded Gaston Gaudio rallied to beat fourth-seeded Dominik Hrbaty 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. In front of a large home crowd, Belgium's Kim Clijsters easily beat Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the WTA Sanex Trophy tournament. Top-seeded Carlos Moya advanced to the quarterfinals of the Croatian Open, beating Emilio Benfele Alvarez 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. Third-seeded Sjeng Schalken defeated Jan Siemerink 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Energis Open in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Juan Ignacio Chela, who beat top-seeded Sebastien Grosjean in the first round, reached Round 3 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Nikola Davydenko.
_ BRUCE LOWITT, TIMES WIRES