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Serena Williams Beats Tauziat

February 24, 1999

PARIS (AP) _ Serena Williams put on her best showing of the year Wednesday as she beat No. 2 seed Nathalie Tauziat 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Gaz de France.

The 17-year-old American needed only hour and 10 minutes to dispose of the French player, who is 14 years older.

After taking the first set in just 25 minutes, Williams seemed to lose her nerve, with Tauziat breaking service twice to storm back from 1-4 to 4-4.

But Williams broke back immediately, her opponent double-faulting at break point, and advanced to the third round.

``I played great in the first set and at the start of the second,″ Williams said. ``Then I started making a lot of unforced errors and Nathalie played much better.″

Earlier, with Williams at set point in the first set, umpire Fiona Edwards overruled a baseline linesman who had called a Williams’ shot out, much to the displeasure of Tauziat.

``When I tried to be aggressive, she was just as aggressive,″ Tauziat said. ``She always attacks; she is like a steamroller.″

World No. 1 Martina Hingis moved closer to a repeat of the Australian Open final against France’s Amelie Mauresmo, beating Yugoslavia’s Sandra Nacuk 6-1, 6-1, in just 41 minutes.

Mauresmo beat back the challenge of compatriot Laurence Andretto, 6-2, 7-5, and will play Hingis in Friday’s quarterfinals if she beats Karina Habsudova.

Sandra Kleinova of the Czech Republic was a surprise winner, beating France’s Alexandra Fusai 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

Virginia Ruano-Pascual of Spain will face No. 3 seed Dominique van Roost of Belgium in the second round after beating Japan’s Ai Sugiyama, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

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