Raymond wins in first round at Bank of West

July 26, 2005 02:00 AM
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Lisa Raymond outlasted Angela Haynes 6-4, 7-6 (7) Monday to advance to the second round of the Bank of the West Classic.

Raymond recovered from a slow start, dropping three of the first four games in the first set, by matching Haynes' power game. Both players recorded serves of 110 mph.

``It was a good match,'' Raymond said. ``We both came up with big shots at tough times. You just have to focus on your service game and hope to see some second serves.''

Raymond, a two-time NCAA singles champion while at Florida, meets the winner of a late match between sixth-seeded Nathalie Dechy and Karolina Sprem.

The 51st-ranked Raymond, who won her first NCAA title at Stanford, is making her fifth appearance in the event. She reached the semifinals three years and the quarterfinals in 2003.

``I hate saying this as a Gator but I love playing here,'' Raymond said. ``I loved it when I was in school and as a pro. I love the court and I love the atmosphere.

Haynes made her professional debut here two years ago, winning her first match before losing to Raymond.

``She's a little older and a little smarter than she was two years ago,'' Raymond said. ``She has a lot of talent; she just needs to temper it a little bit.''

In another first round match, Amy Frazier defeated Maria Vento-Kabchi 6-3, 6-0. The 32-year-old Frazier made her 16th consecutive appearance in 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.