DALLAS (AP) _ Andrea Temesvari of Hungary continued her comeback from ankle injuries that had sidelined her for two years with a victory Tuesday in the Virginia Slims of Dallas tennis tournament.

Temesvari, ranked seventh in the world in 1984, won a first-round match over Robin White 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.

The 23-year-old Temesvari has improved her ranking to No. 39 after returning to the pro tour eight months ago, but she is unseeded in this tournament.

Sixth-seeded Mary Joe Fernandez defeated Kathy Rinaldi 6-1, 6-4 in the final singles match of the evening.

Temesvari and White played a first set virtually devoid of rallies, squeezing 13 games into 39 minutes. An ace and some hard backhand returns enabled Temesvari to take the tiebreaker 8-6.

White had four break points at 3-3 in the second set, but Temesvari hit a winner or forcing shot on each one to hold serve. White double-faulted on match point three games later.

Dinky van Rensburg of South Africa defeated Ginger Helgeson 6-4, 6-2 to earn the right to play top-seeded Martina Navratilova in the second round Thursday. Navratilova drew a first-round bye.

Eighth-seeded Rosalyn Fairbank downed Eva Pfaff of West Germany 6-4, 7-5.

In first-round singles involving unseeded players, Rene Simpson of Canada beat Pilar Vasquez of Peru 6-3, 6-1; Kate Gompert edged Betsy Nagelsen 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-1), 7-5; and Elise Burgin defeated Terry Phelps 6-3, 6-2.

In doubles action, Sandy Collins and Jill Smoller beat Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria and Anne Minter of Australia 7-6 (6-4), 7-6 (6-4).