|Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport began her bid for a fourth title this season by beating Rika Fujiwara of Japan 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Wismilak International on Wednesday. |
Davenport, who had a first-round bye, saved break points at 3-1 and 5-3 to win the opening set, then broke Fujiwara twice in the second set.
"I did not play my best and know I have to get better, but typically I tend to get better as the tournament goes on," said Davenport.
"Coming here, it's been a really great opportunity to relax and get back out on the court right away after losing in New York ... I wouldn't fly all this way if I didn't want to win the tournament and perform at a high level."
Davenport will meet either Maria Elena Camerin of Italy or Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia next.
Also into the quarterfinals were fourth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy, who routed Laura Pous Tio of Spain 6-3, 6-2 and seventh-seeded Na Li of China, who put away compatriot Zi Yan 6-3, 6-4.
U.S. Open doubles finalist Flavia Pennetta of Italy beat German qualifier Martina Muller 6-3, 6-1 in the other first-round match.