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Washington Advances in Du Maurier

August 4, 1998

TORONTO (AP) _ MaliVai Washington defeated No. 13 seed Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 on Monday to advance to the second round of the $2.4 million du Maurier Open.

Washington next faces Canada’s Bobby Kokavec, who downed Steve Campbell 6-1, 6-2 for his first match victory on the ATP Tour.

``MaliVai is obviously playing well,″ Kokavec said. ``I’m just going to go after my shots and not change anything.″

Kokavec, honored Monday as Canada’s most improved tennis player, is ranked No. 347 in the world.

``For me, ranking is just a number,″ Kokavec said. ``I feel like anyone in the top 500 can beat anyone if they play good because anybody can have a bad day.″

In other early matches, Australia’s Scott Draper defeated Jim Courier 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 and Wayne Black of Zimbabwe beat older brother Byron 6-4, 6-0.

In a night match, Canada’s Sebastien Lareau was beaten 7-6 (14-12), 7-6 (7-4) by 10th-seeded Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia.

Also, Vince Spadea downed Australia’s Andrew Illie 6-3, 6-0; Argentina’s Guillermo Canada beat South Africa’s Grant Stafford 2-6, 7-6 (15-13), 6-2; South Africa’s Neville Godwin topped Cecil Mamiit 6-4, 1-6, 6-4; and South Africa’s David Nainkin took Italy’s Laurence Tieleman 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.

Wayne Black of Zimbabwe beat older brother Byron 6-4, 6-0; Australian Scott Draper defeated Jim Courier 7-5, 5-7, 6-4; Jan-Michael Gambill beat France’s Nicolas Escude 6-3, 6-2; and Paraguay’s Ramon Delgado beat Brian MacPhie 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (2-7), 6-1.

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