Lindsay Davenport shows great shape at US Open

Lindsay Davenport showed no signs of the shoulder and arm problems she brought to the U.S. Open, beating Jelena Kostanic of Croatia 6-0, 6-0 Thursday to reach the third round.

It was the first love-and-love match at the U.S. Open since 2002, when Venus Williams beat Mirjana Lucic by that score in the first round.

"Some days, everything just seems to be working," said Davenport, the 1998 champion and seeded 10th this year. "These days don't happen that often, so you have to be happy when they come your way."

Former U.S. Open champions Justine Henin-Hardenne and Svetlana Kuznetsova also faced little resistance in the second round. Second-seeded Rafael Nadal faced a tougher test in beating Luis Horna 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, the AP says.

The second-seeded Henin-Hardenne stopped Vania King 6-1, 6-2 while Kuznetsova defeated 16-year-old American Lauren Albanese 6-1, 6-1.

Despite her loss at Louis Armstrong Stadium, King had an engagement at Arthur Ashe Stadium: The 17-year-old American was to sing "America the Beautiful" before the night session.

"I'm really nervous," King said. "I don't know if I'll be more nervous for that than my match."

Andre Agassi was set to play in the evening, and again it could be his final match as a pro. He faced No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis, two days after getting a cortisone shot for an ailing back.

"The inflammation was pretty bad, and I just don't want to go off the court limping," Agassi told USA Network. "It's not what I want to do."

Davenport didn't face a break point, compiled 11, and produced a 24-2 edge in winners. The match took all of 40 minutes.

"I knew I had to come back tomorrow again and play, so I was trying to get out of here relatively fast. Not that fast," said Davenport, who quit during the final of a hard-court tuneup in New Haven, Connecticut, last weekend because of fatigue and soreness in her right arm.

In other women's matches Thursday, No. 4 Elena Dementieva topped Emma Laine 6-4, 6-0, No. 7 Patty Schnyder beat Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 7-5 and No. 9 Nicole Vaidisova topped Alina Jidkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. On the men's side, No. 6 Tommy Robredo beat Lee Hyung-taik 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.

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