SHANGHAI, China (AP) – Monica Seles blanked her opponent Tuesday, beating Lenka Nemeckova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the second round of the Kiwi Open.
The top-seeded Seles next plays Saori Obata of Japan in the $140,000 tournament.
Fifth-seeded Joannette Kruger of South Africa was eliminated, losing to qualifier Cho Yoon-Jeong of South Korea 6-4, 7-6 (6).
Third-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand beat Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 6-1; eighth-seeded Nathalie Dechy of France defeated qualifier Li Ting of China 6-1, 7-6 (6); and ninth-seeded Rossana De Los Rios of Paraguay downed Adriana Serra-Zanetti of Italy 6-2, 6-3.
Also, Nicole Pratt of Australia ousted Jill Craybas of the United States 6-4, 6-3, and Stephanie Froetz of France rallied past Wynne Prakusya of Indonesia 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
In two all-Australian matches, Rachel McQuillan beat Annabel Ellwood 7-6 (2), 6-2, and Alicia Molik downed Mireille Dittmann 7-5, 7-6 (3).
Slovakia’s Ludmila Cervanova scored a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) victory over Australia’s Evie Dominikovic, and Switzerland’s Emmanuelle Gagliardi topped New Zealand’s Pavlina Nola 6-2, 6-3.