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Anna still right up there

Paris: Even though she’s absent from the French Open, Russian starlet Anna Kournikova has managed to put one over on one of her young rivals. German daily Bild asked its readers what they preferred — adorable Anna or her compatriot Maria Sharapova, a 16-year-old pin-up in the making.

Kournikova managed to win with 51.5 per cent of respondents — running into the tens of thousands — picking her. For the time being Kournikova is also ahead in the rankings — 78th to 138th for Sharapova, who lost in the first round here to Spaniard Magui Serna.

A prize for Roddick too

Andy Roddick, the US sixth seed who failed to live up to his reputation with his first-round loss to Armenian Sargis Sargsian, had the consolation of being awarded the ‘lemon prize’ for his ‘strong character’ and engaging personality.

The prize used to be handed to the player having the worst relations with the media — with Chilean Marcelo Rios a serial winner on that score. The orange prize, for the player enjoying the most cordial relations with reporters, went to home favourite Amelie Mauresmo.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Men’s singles, second round: Ivan Ljubicic (Cro) leads James Blake (24,US) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) play suspended, bad light; Andre Agassi (2,US) bt Mario Ancic (Cro) 5-7, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5; Vincent Spadea (29, US) bt John van Lottum (Ned) 7-5, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1; Jiri Novak (13,Cze) bt Marc Lopez (Spa) 6-4, 3-6, 0-6, 6-1, 6-3; Carlos Moya (4,Esp) bt Mark Philippoussis (Aus) 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7); Xavier Malisse (26,Bel) bt Stefan Koubek (Aut) 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 8-6; Juan Ignacio Chela (31, Arg) bt Giorgio Galimberti (Ita) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1; Martin Verkerk (Ned) bt Luis Horna (Per) 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Guillermo Coria (7,Arg) bt Nicolas Kiefer (Ger) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1; Wayne Ferreira (22, RSA) bt David Ferrer (Esp) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3; Attila Savolt (Hun) bt Mikhail Youzhny (27,Rus) 3-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4; Rainer Schuettler (11,Ger) bt Jean-Rene Lisnard (Fra) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0; Flavio Saretta (Bra) bt Yevgeny Kafelnikov (17,Rus) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 6-7 (0-7), 6-4; Younes El Aynaoui (23,Mor) bt Christophe Rochus (Bel) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3; Mariano Zabaleta (Arg) bt Dominik Hrbaty (Svk) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2; Galo Blanco (Esp) bt Mariano Puerta (Arg) 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Women’s singles, second round: Ai Sugiyama (16, Jpn) bt Sandra Kleinova (Cze) 7-5, 6-0; Patty Schnyder (19,Swi) bt Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (Fra) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Eleni Daniilidou (14, Gre) bt Tathiana Garbin (Ita) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2; Ashley Harkleroad (US) bt Daniela Hantuchova (9,Svk) 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 9-7; Dally Randriantefy (Mad) bt Stephanie Foretz (Fra) 6-2, 6-1; Meghann Shaughnessy (18,US) bt Ludmila Cervanova (Svk) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Flavia Pennetta (Ita) bt Lisa Raymond (21,US) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Laura Granville (31, US) bt Iva Majoli (Cro) 6-1, 6-2; Chanda Rubin (8,US) bt Cara Black (Zim) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3; Justine Henin-Hardenne (4,Bel) bt Jelena Kostanic (Cro) 6-2, 6-2; Serena Williams (1,US) bt Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian (Swi) 6-3, 6-2; Magui Serna (Esp) bt Anna Pistolesi (23,Isr) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

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