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Clijsters, Davenport, Mauresmo roll on first day of U.S. Open

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Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - , and were among the first-round winners, as the U.S. Open kicked off Monday at the USTA National Tennis Center. The top-seeded Clijsters cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over American Amber Liu, while the third-seeded Davenport crushed Belgium's , 6-1, 6-0, and the fifth-seeded Mauresmo easily disposed of , 6-0, 6-2.

Clijsters and Davenport are among the favorites this fortnight with the absence of the Williams' sisters. Serena and have combined for the last four Open crowns, but are both sidelined with injuries.

Davenport is the only woman in this year's field with a U.S. Open crown to her credit, winning it in 1998. She lost in the final to in 2000 and dropped a semifinal encounter to last year.

The 27-year-old is making her 13th consecutive appearance at the Open and needed just 46 minutes to beat Callens on Monday.

Clijsters, meanwhile, had little problem disposing of the NCAA champion in just over an hour. She ripped off 20 winners to Liu's seven and converted 4- of-6 break points.

The No. 1 ranked Belgian has never won a Grand Slam title, despite her recent elevation to the top ranking in the world. She does have a WTA Tour-high six titles this year, including hardcourt wins at Stanford and Los Angeles.

Mauresmo, appearing in the Open for the fifth time, reached the semifinals last year before falling to . The Frenchwoman won 84 percent of the points on her first serve and had 25 winners, compared to only six for her opponent.

In other action, eighth-seeded American was ousted by Maria Vento-Kabchi. The Venezuelan won 6-4, 6-4, to improve to 1-2 all-time versus Rubin.

The 29-year-old Vento-Kabchi is making her 11th appearance at Flushing Meadows and sixth in the main draw. She is in search of her first career WTA Tour singles title.

Other winners on Monday included ninth-seeded , No. 12 , 13th-seeded and No. 14 .

American , the 17th seed, was also a straight-set winner, along with 18th-seeded , No. 19 and 24th-seeded .

A couple of minor upsets saw 25th seed and No. 26 Lina Krasnoroutskaya eliminated.

The first round continues on Tuesday and features second-seeded - Hardenne of Belgium taking on Hungary's . Sixth-seeded also highlights the schedule.

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