Monica Seles breezed into the second round of the Australian Open Tuesday, making quick work of a bewildered German who couldn't get a break.
Seles, the women's second seed, took just 37 minutes to eliminate Sabine Hack 6-0, 6-0. The 17-year-old with the two-syllable grunts and the two-fisted groundstrokes allowed just 14 points in the match, including three in the only game Hack came close to winning."I lost once in my life at 6-0, 6-0, but in a way it makes you work harder," Seles said. "It's tough to lose love-and-love but I just can't give a player a game - I just really have to go for it."
It was the 16th time a women's singles match at the Australian Open has ended 6-0, 6-0. The last time was last year's first round, when Dinky Van Rensburg beat Petra Ritter without losing a game.
With the tail of his foreign legion cap flapping in the wind, Ivan Lendl blew through the first round, too. If his stomach hurt, the center court crowd didn't know it.
The defending men's champion used the usual strategy of groundstrokes and attacking tennis to beat Tarik Benhabiles, ranked 109th in the world, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in less than two hours. Benhabilies, from France, managed just three points off Lendl's serve in the second set and was plagued by backhand errors.
Top-ranked Stefan Edberg also won in straight sets, surviving a second-set assault by qualifier Dimitri Poliakov 6-1, 7-6, 6-2.
Jimmy Arias of the United States overcame leg cramps and a 2-0 deficit in the final set to post one of the day's upsets, beating ninth-seeded Andrei Chesnokov, last year's Italian Open champion, 6-0, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6, 6-4.
In a rematch of the near-brawl at last month's Grand Slam Cup, seventh-seeded Brad Gilbert, the top-ranked U.S. player in the men's draw, beat David Wheaton 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Gilbert served 21 aces to Wheaton's 16.
Although both players questioned calls, there was no repeat of the confrontation at the $6 million tournament in Munich, Germany, where Gilbert and Wheaton nearly came to blows during an argument over a call. Each player was fined $5,000 for the run-in.
Jim Courier of the United States, seeded 16th, beat Jan Gunnarson of Sweden 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, and Goran Ivanisevic of Yugoslavia, the fifth seed, beat Sergi Brugera of Spain 6-4, 0-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Mary Joe Fernandez of the United States, the women's third seed and runner-up to Steffi Graf here a year ago, opened with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Sara Gomer of Britain.
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain, seeded sixth, also had a quick and easy first-round victory, 6-0, 6-2 over Natalia Medvedeva of the Soviet Union.
Seles, playing here for the first time and seeking her second Grand Slam tournament title, had complained of mental and physical exhaustion last week when she decided to skip a warmup tournament and watch the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia, instead.
The record-shattering performances in the pool must have refreshed her. Seles hold serve at love in the first game and was never in trouble, not even when Hack - also playing Australia for the first time - went to 40-15 in the second game of the second set.
She double-faulted, made two errors on groundstrokes to give Seles break point, then double-faulted again. The victim of some questionable line calls through the early going, Hack won just two points from there on and a total of six in the set. She looked lost on the court and slunk to her chair at one changeover after one of many groundstrokes sailed long.
As one-sided as the result was, Seles said she could have played better.
"My serve was very bad and my groundstrokes were not the way I like," she said. "I took advantage of her weaker serve and went for the safest shots."
The second day of the year's first Grand Slam tournament started under heavy clouds that cleared by early afternoon. But it stayed windy and chilly, more changes to add to the fickle weather of opening-day Monday, which went from 110-degrees on court to rain at night that forced officials to close the center court roof.