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Norman bows to Costa

New York: French Open champion Albert Costa got his US Open campaign off to a steady start on Monday, beating former world number two Magnus Norman 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Costa, a surprise winner in Paris in June and seeded eighth here ousted the Swede, struggling to come back from hip surgery, on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The Spanish baselinerís victory sets up a second round clash with wily South African Wayne Ferreira, who secured a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 win over Czech Jan Vacek.

Davenport, Henin win

Lindsay Davenport and Justine Henin both tore past stunned opponents in double-quick time on Monday, emphatically booking second round spots in early action.

Fourth seed Davenport took just 41 minutes to demolish Denmarkís Eva Dryberg 6-2, 6-1 in a performance of power and precision on Arthur Ashe Court.

Belgian eighth seed Henin walloped Americaís Samantha Reeves 6-1, 6-2.

Other seeds to advance included 15th seed Anastasia Myskina of Russia who beat Spainís Marta Marrero 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Russiaís 12th seed Elena Dementieva beat Japanís Saori Obata 6-2, 6-4 and Tamarine Tanasugarn, 27th, of Thailand beat Germanyís Barbara Rittner 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.

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