Hingis, Davenport, Seles Advance at Lipton

Key Biscayne, FL (TSN) – Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Monica Seles, the top three seeds, all advanced to the fourth round of the Lipton Championships with straight-set wins on Sunday.

Seventh- seeded Steffi Graf, a five-time champion at this event, also moved on with a victory.

Hingis, the top-ranked player in the world, destroyed Amy Frazier, 6-1, 6-1, while Davenport cruised past Silvia Farina, 6-4, 7-5. Seles was also an easy winner, besting Conchita Martinez, 6-2, 6-1.

Graf, who took the crown here in 1987, ’88, ’94, ’95 and ’96, dispatched Henrieta Nagyova, 6-1, 6-3, to earn a fourth-round berth. 12th seed Patty Schnyder also posted a win, defeating Mirjana Lucic, 6-3, 6-4.

10th-seeded Nathalie Tauziat and number-14 Amelie Mauresmo were not as fortunate, as both were sent packing. Tauziat fell to Natasha Zvereva, 6-3, 6-2, while Mauresmo fell victim to Elena Likhovtseva, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

In the only match of the day featuring two unseeded players, Marlene Weingartner rallied past Chanda Rubin, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Third-round action continues Monday, as fourth seed Jana Novotna, sixth-seeded and defending champion Venus Williams, number-eight Mary Pierce, ninth seed Amanda Coetzer, 13th-seeded Anna Kournikova and number-16 Serena Williams all take to the court.