Amy Frazier needed just 46 minutes to beat Stephanie Rottier
TOKYO (AP) _ Amy Frazier needed just 46 minutes to beat Stephanie Rottier of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-2 today in the first round of the $430,000 Nichirei International Ladies Tennis Championships.
``My ground strokes were pretty good but it was harder than the score indicated,″ said No. 7 seed Frazier, a finalist in this tournament last year.
Frazier, ranked No. 17 in the world, won the Japan Open in April and was a quarterfinalist in this year’s U.S. Open. Rottier is ranked 85th.
The only seed to lose today was No. 9 Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, who lost 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) to Amanda Coetzer of South Africa.
Eighth-seeded Naoko Sawamatsu trounced Japanese compatriot Hiroko Mochizuki, a qualifier, 6-1, 6-1.
In other first-round action, South Korean Park Sung-hee rallied to beat Canadian Jana Nejedly 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Taiwan’s Wang Shi-ting beat Shaun Stafford 6-1, 6-2; and Japan’s Mana Endo beat compatriot Haruka Inoue 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.
Two qualifiers won first-round matches. Japan’s Naoko Kijimuta beat Dominique Monami of Belgium 6-3, 6-2, and Kimberly Po defeated France’s Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi 6-0, 6-2.
Sixth-seeded Mary Jo Fernandez withdrew from the tournament.
The top three seeds _ Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Mary Pierce and Kimiko Date _ drew first-round byes.