Frazier wins in first round at Bank of West

July 25, 2005 09:30 PM
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Amy Frazier defeated Maria Vento-Kabchi 6-3, 6-0 Monday to advance to the second round of the Bank of the West Classic.

The 32-year-old Frazier made her 16th consecutive appearance at the event. She reached the semifinals last year, and has also reached five quarterfinals.

Vento-Kabchi, also a semifinalist last year, couldn't handle Frazier's flawless ground game.

"She obviously didn't play her best and I played well,'' Frazier said. ``She's tough on the ground and doesn't miss much. I like it here, and when you're in a place where you're happy and have good memories, hopefully that leads to good tennis.''

Frazier, who plans on teaching math and tennis after her playing career has ended, reached No. 13 in the world in 1995 and played on the Fed Cup team.

"I can't believe how lucky I am to be able to play tennis for so long,'' she said. ``I don't plan too far ahead. I wanted to come here and I wanted to play.''

In other first round matches, Marion Bartoli defeated Mashona Washington, 6-1, 6-3, and will face third-seeded Patty Schnyder, who won her first title on American soil in Cincinnati on Sunday; and Ai Sugiyama beat Samantha Stosur, 7-6 (10), 6-2. She'll meet fourth-seeded Kim Clijsters.

Chanda Rubin withdrew from the tournament because of left ankle inflammation, and was replaced by wild card Marissa Irvin, who played at Stanford.