The Canadian-born Pierce, who reached the final of the French Open before withdrawing from Wimbledon at the last moment owing to personal problems, raced to a 6-3, 6-1 win in 67 minutes over Korea's top player, Park Sung- Hee. The victory gave France an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the tie following Julie Halard's laboured defeat of Choi Ju-Yeon.
'I don't want to talk about the past,' Pierce said. 'It's the future that's important. The team spirit here is great and everyone is smiling, laughing and having fun. I was pleased with the way I played today and I felt pretty good out there despite the conditions.'
FEDERATION CUP (Frankfurt) First round: Argentina bt Cuba 3-0 (Argentina first: P Tarabini bt Y Montesinos 6-4 6-2; F Labat bt B Rodriguez 6-1 6-0; B Fulco and Labat bt Montesinos and Y Cordova Vales 6-1 6-4); Germany bt Colombia 3-0 (Germany first: A Huber bt C Giraldo 6-0 3-6 6-2; S Hack bt C Hincapie 6-1 6-0; B Rittner and C Singer bt F Zuluaga and G Guiterrez 6-0 6-2); France bt South Korea 3-0 (France first: J Halard bt Choi Ju-Yeon 6-4 6-4; M Pierce bt Park Sung-Hee 6-3 6-1; N Tauziat and A Fusai bt Choi and Park 6-4 6-4); Japan bt China 2-1 (Japan first: N Sawamatsu bt Chen Li 6-3 6-2; K Date lost to Li Fang 5-7 1-6; Date and N Miyagi bt Chen and Li 6-1 6-2); South Africa bt Paraguay 3-0 (SA first: E Reinach bt M Benitez 6-3 6-2; J Kruger bt L Schaerer 6-2 5-7 6-3; M De Swardt and T Price bt Schaerer and Benitez 6-1 6-0); Slovak Republic bt Finland 2-0 (Slovak first: R Zrubakova bt P Thoren 6-4 6-3; K Habsudova bt N Dahlmann 6-2 6-3; K Studenikova and J Husarova v Thoren and Dahlmann postponed). Belgium and Sweden level 1-1 (Swe first: M Strandlund bt D Monami 6-4 6-2; A Carlsson lost to S Appelmanns 7-5 4-6 2-6); Netherlands and Belarus level 1-1 (Neth first: M Oremans bt T Ignatieva 3-6 6-4 6-4; B Schultz lost to N Zvereva 3-6 5-7).Reuse content