Auckland, January 3:
Top-seeded Amy Frazier advanced to the second round of the $140,000 ASB Womenâ€™s Classic tennis tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 win over fellow American Laura Granville. Frazier, 32, took only an hour to beat Granville in their first meeting in a WTA event.
Frazier has played the New Zealand tournament twice previously, losing in the second round both times. Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela, seeded seventh, was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Martina Sucha of Slovakia.
Fifth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, a semifinalist in Auckland last year, defeated Abigail Spears of the United States 6-1, 6-0.
Tatiana Panova of Russia, a finalist in Auckland in 2002, beat Lindsay Lee-Waters of the United States 6-3, 7-5 while Russian wild card Lina Krasnoroutskaya defeated Aniko Kapros of Hungary 7-6, 6-1.
American Shenay Perry was the only winning player to drop a set ON Monday, beating Polandâ€™s Marta Domachowska 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
GOLD COAST: Franceâ€™s Tatiana Golovin needed only 52 minutes to beat Yan Zi of China 6-1, 6-4 in a first-round match at the Uncle Tobys Australian womenâ€™s hardcourt tennis championships at Royal Pines. The 16-year-old Golovin, wearing a bright orange dress, used a strong serve to easily beat Yan and set up a likely second-round meeting with defending champion Ai Sugiyama of Japan.
Second-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland beat Virginie Razzano of France 6-2, 6-4 and seventh-seeded Elena Likhovtseva of Russia defeated Emilie Loit of France 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
In other matches, Samantha Stosur of Australia upset fourth-seeded Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-4, 6-2, Camille Pin of France beat Anca Barna of Germany 6-2, 6-4 and Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria beat Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 6-2, 6-4.