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Tennis: Agassi handles Dent

June 28, 2000

LONDON - Former Corona del Mar High standout Taylor Dent lost to

second-seeded Andre Agassi, but outhit the international superstar in the

first set of the first round Tuesday at Wimbledon.

Agassi, the 1992 champion and last year's runner-up, turned up the heat

to take the second set and then reeled off 10 games in a row before Dent

retired, dropping the match, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 4-0.

Dent, 19, won three qualifiers to advance to the main draw, knocking off

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Argentina's Hector Moretti, Czech Republic's Petr Luxa and Germany's Lars

Burgsmuller.

Dent, ranked 256th in the world in singles, won a CIF Southern Section

singles title in 1996 as a CdM freshman, then turned pro a year later.

Meanwhile, defending women's champion Lindsay Davenport (Palisades Tennis

Club) also benefited from a retirement to win her first-round match, but

it was a bittersweet victory as her opponent was Corina Morariu, her

close friend and doubles partner.

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