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Press release #3
Youzhny beats seeded El Aynaoui

Qualifyings winners were determined in the firs half of the day. The result fixed in the match of Byelorussian Aleksander Shvec and Czech Leos Fried was the most unexpectable. Shvec being 1084th in the entry system appeared to be stronger.

Kirill Ivanov-Smolensky from Russia failed to beat Tuomas Ketola from Finland - he couldn't concentrate enough in the third set.

Irakli Labadze defeated Yugoslavian Tipsarevic and didn't let him to enter the Main Draw. As for Labadze, he had already had this right regardless of the match results, because if he lost he would become a "lucky looser". Finally, a German Michael Kohlmann became a "lucky looser". In the first round he is to play to Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Qualifyings. Final.
Labadze (GEO) / Tipsarevic (YUG) 6-2 2-6 6-4
Saulnier (FRA) - Kohlmann (GER) 6-3 7-5
Ketola (FIN) - Ivanov Smolensky Kirill (RUS) 4-6 6-3 6-2
Shvec (BLR) - Friedl (CZE) 4-6 6-3 6-1

In the match opening the St.Petersburg Open Main Draw Vladimir Voltchkov from Belarus won over the Saint-Petersburg liver Mikhail Elgin. Elgin had managed to resist just before the score was 4-4 in the first set and then he lost 8 games successively.

After that Nicolas Kiefer from Germany and Harel Levy came on to the court. But no fight happened here as well. Kiefer let his rival to win only one game.

At the same time Bohdan Ulihrach played to Dominik Hrbaty on the first court. Czech-Slovak derby appeared to be exclusively stubborn. To win over the very experienced Czech, Hrbaty had to play all the three sets.

The match of Mikhail Youzhny and the No.6 seed El Aynaoui from Morocco was a central one of the day. In the first set the moor leaded 5-0. But Youzhny had begun to struggle for each point and little-by-little he improved his game. That was Youzhny who cracked his rocket. It was a culmination in the second set when the score was 4-4 and the Russian quite lost his serve. But on the decisive moment he concentrated and made a break. For Youzhny the third set appeared to be a reduction of the previous two ones - the start was not the best but the finish was brilliant.

First round. Singles.
Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) - Mikhail Elgin (RUS) 6-4 6-0
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) - Harel Levy (IZR) 6-0 6-1
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) - Younes El Anaoui
Guillermo Coria (ARG) - Ivan Lubicic (CRO) 6-2 6-3
Mariano Zabaleta (ARG)- Koubek Stefan (AUT)

The doubles started today as well. Marat Safin / Irakli Labadze, finalists of the last year, defeated the mixed indo-australian duet of Hill/ Paes

Adams /Palmer (USA/RSA) - Cermak/Fukarek (CZE) - 6-3 6-4
Safin /Labadze (RUS/GEO) - Hill / Paes (AUS/IND) 6-3 6-7 6-3


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