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Two days after capturing his second title of 1997, Jim Courier is on the sidelines again.

Once ranked No. 1 in the world, Courier was upset by Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, in a first-round match at the du Maurier Canadian Open tennis championship in Montreal.

Courier, who's been out of the Top 25 rankings since the end of last year, used hard-hitting ground strokes and a few surprise volleys to beat Thomas Enqvist, 6-4, 6-4, Sunday in the final of the Infiniti Open.

This time, the hard-hitting right-hander from Miami failed to get out of the opening round. Seeded 14th in this hardcourt lead-in to the U.S. Open, Courier -- was the highest seed to fall on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, in another first-round match, teen-ager Venus Williams scored a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Argentina's Florencia Labat in the Toshiba Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., to set up a second-round match against No. 1-ranked Martina Hingis of Switzerland tonight.

Williams, 17, downplayed her second career meeting with the 16-year-old Hingis, saying it's "just another match."

After winning a qualifying match Monday to gain entry into the main draw, Williams said the way to beat Hingis is to "not to play the name. You have to have some confidence and play the person."

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