Brandi advances to second round

Third seed Kristina Brandi breezed past her American compatriot Tracy Almeda-Singian 6-2, 6-0 today, advancing to the second round of the $970,000 Japan Open in Tokyo.

Third seed Kristina Brandi breezed past her American compatriot Tracy Almeda-Singian 6-2, 6-0 today, advancing to the second round of the $970,000 Japan Open in Tokyo.

"I was happy with the way I played today. I played a solid tennis and I was aggressive," said Brandi.

"I'm just going to continue to play my game and aggressive, if possible."

Brandi will meet Tara Snyder, also of the United States, in the second round. Snyder, a qualifier, beat wild-card Saori Obata of Japan 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Fifth seed Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand beat Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzkekistan 6-3, 6-3.

In an upset, Miroslava Vavrinec of Switzerland eliminated eighth-seeded Anna Smashnova of Israel.

The teen-aged Czech star Daja Bedanova, who reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier at last week's Toyota Princess, made an early exit with a 7-5, 7-5 loss to Lilia Osterloh of the United States.

The top two seeds, Julie Halard-Decugis of France and defending champion Amy Frazier of the United States, had first-round byes.

Halard-Decugis finished second to Serena Williams in the Toyota Princess but won its doubles title with her Japanese partner Ai Sugiyama.

Frazier was a quarterfinalist in the Toyota Princess.

In the doubles, Halard-Decugis and Corina Morariu of the United States advanced to the second round defeating Yayuk Baski of Indonesia and Tanasugarn 6-0, 7-5.

Sugiyama, who also won the U.S. Open doubles title with Halard-Decugis, is sitting out the Japan Open for rest and recuperation.

In the men's event, fourth seed Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador edged out Belgium's Olivier Rochus 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4), advancing to the second round.

Lapentti, ranked No. 16 in the world, topped six seeds in the day's action. All but 16th-seeded Christophe Rochus, Olivier's elder brother, were winners.

It wasn't the two Rochus brothers' day. In the doubles later in the evening they lost 6-4, 6-1 to Nicolas Massu of China and Andre Sa of Brazil.

In the singles, Lapentti was leading 6-5 in the first set when he had three break points slip away.

At the tiebreaker, Lapentti built a 7-6 lead with an ace and then won the set with a sharp return that Rochus hit long and wide.

In the second set, Rochus raced away to a 3-0 with some impressive sharpshooting and big ground shots before Lapentti came back and held his serve with four big serves, including three aces, in a love game.

Lapentti broke the seventh game at love and the two traded one more break en route to their second straight tiebreaker.

Leading 5-4 in the tiebreaker, Lapentti volleyed a winner and then served an ace to win the set and the hard-fought match.

"Rochus has been playing some good tennis in the last few weeks," said Lapentti. "I had to play a great tennis to beat him, and we had two close games with two tiebreaks. I was lucky to win."

It was their first meeting on tour.

"I was sick last night with an upset stomach. I didn't take any food all day, and I felt somewhat weak and tired in the second set when I had to go to bathroom (during the interval)," he said.

"I wanted and tried to win the second set's tiebreaker because I knew I would have less chances in a third set."

Among those reaching the second round included 11th seed Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina, No. 14 seed David Prinosil of Germany, ninth seed Karol Kucera of Slovakia and 15th-seeded Harel Levy of Israel.

Andrea Gaudenzi of Italy, ranked No. 103, ousted the elder Rochus 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Of 16 seeds, eight had first-round byes. They include top-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, defending champion Nicolas Kiefer of Germany, No. 3 seed Mark Philippoussis of Australia and fifth-seeded Michael Chang of the United States.

Results from the $970,000 Japan Open tennis tournament at Ariake Colosseum (seedings in parenthesis):

Men Singles First Round

Nicolas Massu, China, def. Satoshi Iwabuchi, Japan, 6-3, 6-3. Lee Hyung-taik, South Korea, def. Orlin Stanoytchev, Bulgaria, 6-1, 7-6 (3). David Prinosil (14), Germany, def. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (6). Harel Levy (15), Israel, def. Jeff Salzenstein, United States, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1. Sergi Bruguera, Spain, def. Barry Cowan, Britain, 6-4, 6-3. Yoon Yong-il, South Korea, def. Christian Vinck, Germany, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. Andrea Gaudenzi, Italy, def. Christophe Rochus (16), Belgium, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Nicolas Capentti (4), def. Olivier Rochus, Belgium, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4). Mariano Zableta (11), Argentina, def. Kalle Flygt, Sweden, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3. Laurence Tieleman, Italy, def. Dorminik Hrbaty, Slovakia, 7-6 (5), 7-5. Wayne Black, Zimbabwe, def. Markus Hantschk, Germany, 6-3, 7-5. Karol Kucera (9), Slovakia, def. Paul Goldstein, United States, 6-1, 6-2. Leos Friedl, Czech Republic, def. Davide Sanguinetti, Italy, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles First Round

Gustavo Kuerten and Jaime Cocins, Brazil, def. Michihisa Onoda, Japan, and Vincent Spadea, United States, 6-4, 6-2. Paul Kilderry, Australia, and Peter Tramacchi, Australia (8), def. Alex Calatrava, Spain, and Antonio Prieto, Brazil, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Hicham Arazi, Morocco, and George Bastl, Switzerland, def. Georgio Galimberti, Italy, and Andrew Ilie, Australia, 6-3, 6-3. Michael Hill, Australia, Jeff Tarango, United States (5), def. Yaoki Ishii and Satoshi Iwabuchi, Japan, 6-2, 6-2. Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, India, def. Eric Taino and Chris Woodruff, United States, 6-4, 6-2. Nicolas Massu, China, and Andre Sa, Brazil, def. Christophe Rochus and Olivier Rochus, Belgium, 6-4, 6-1. Andrea Gaudenzi, Italy, and Orlin Stanotchev, Bulgaria, def. Lee Hyung-taik and Yoon Yong-il, South Korea, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

---

Women Singles First Round

Tamarine Tanasugarn (5), Thailand, def. Iroda Tulyyaganova, Uzbekistan, 6-3, 6-2. Kristine Brandi (3), United States, def. Tracy Almeda-Singian, United States, 6-2, 6-0. Rita Kuti Kis, Hungary, def. Nicole Pratt, Australia, 6-1, 6-2. Paola Suarez (7), Argentina, def. Yuka Yoshida, 6-4, 6-4. Corina Morariu, United States, def. Marta Marrero, Spain, 6-3, 7-5. Janet Lee, Taipei, def. Yayuk Basuki, Indonesia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Anna Smashnova (8), Israel, def. Mirosiava Vavrinec, Switzerland, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Lilia Osterloh, United States, def. Daja Bedanova, Czech Republic, 7-5, 7-5. Tara Snyder, United States, def. Saori Obata, Japan, 7-6 (6), 6-1. Joannette Kruger, South Africa, def. Meghann Shaughnessy, United States, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles

Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia (3), def. Tara Snyder, United States, and Vanessa Webb, Canada, 6-1, 6-1. Julie Halard-Decugis, France, and Corina Morariu, United States (1), def. Yayuk Basuki and Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand, 6-0, 7-5. Shinobu Asagoe and Yuka Yoshida, Japan, def. Shiho Hisamatsu and Saori Obata, Japan, 6-1, 6-2. Amy Frazier and Katie Schlukebir, United States, def. Trudi Musgrave and Bryanne Stewart, Australia, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

BUY WIMBLEDON TICKETS

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent