Navratilova, Raymond Advance at Advanta
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) _ Martina Navratilova and Lisa Raymond defeated Angelika Bachmann and Sandra Kloesel 6-3, 6-2 in doubles Monday night, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Advanta Championships.
Navratilova and Raymond, playing together for the first time since 1996, never trailed and were aggressive throughout, playing extensively at the net.
``With Lisa at the net, I don’t have to worry about much,″ Navratilova said. ``It’s a good start.″
Navratilova struggled with a flat serve that hovered around 90 mph, but used an effective drop shot to keep the German pair off balance. She iced her sore left wrist afterward.
``I was hitting too many dead balls in Moscow,″ at the Kremlin Cup, Navratilova said.
Raymond’s serve was consistently near 100 mph. She recorded an ace in all but one service game. Raymond and Navratilova won the last four games of the second set, including their last two service games at love.
``The fact that she wants to be out there with me makes me feel good,″ Raymond said.
In the second set, Bachmann and Kloesel got 24 of 29 first-serve opportunities in, but won only 10 points off their first serve success.
In singles matches, Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, Tathiana Garbin, Jelena Jankovic, Tina Pisnik, Martina Sucha and Ashley Harkleroad advanced to the second round.
The 10th-seeded Pisnik beat Janet Lee 6-4, 6-4; Cohen-Aloro defeated Aniko Kapros 6-3, 6-3; Jankovic stopped Shenay Perry 6-0, 6-3; Sucha beat Cara Black 6-0, 6-3; Garbin defeated Marissa Irvin 6-1, 7-6 (2); and Harkleroad was leading 6-0, 2-0 when Elena Likhovtseva retired due to a strained right shoulder.
In the only doubles match of the day session, Dimana Krastevitch and Svetlana Krivencheva beat Angela Haynes and Perry 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams and top-seeded Venus Williams all withdrew from the tournament in the last month. Venus Williams, who pulled out late Sunday, citing an abdominal strain, wasn’t replaced in the field, and the next four seeds received byes.
The event returned to the Philadelphia area for the first time in three years.