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S. Williams Tops Sanchez-Vicario

September 28, 1999

MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ Serena Williams, the U.S. Open champion, breezed past Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-3, 6-1 in 53 minutes today to open the Grand Slam Cup.

Picking up where she left off at the U.S. Open, the younger of the Williams sisters at 17, blasted past the 27-year-old Sanchez-Vicario, the oldest player in the eight-player women’s field.

``Obviously, she has a lot of confidence after winning the U.S. Open,″ said Sanchez-Vicario, who has now lost twice in a row to Williams, after winning the first four encounters.

In a men’s opening-round match, Richard Krajicek served 12 aces en route to a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Vince Spadea. Krajicek fired three aces, all over 125 mph, in the final game of his match.

Williams could meet her sister, Venus, in the final. Venus won the women’s tournament last year.

The tournament, which also includes 12 men, invites players with best records at the four Grand Slam events of the year.

While Pete Sampras and Patrick Rafter are out with injuries, No. 1 Andre Agassi heads the men’s section.

Agassi, winner of the French Open and the U.S. Open this season, has a first-round bye and won’t play until Thursday.

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