Helena Sukova overpowered Japan's Akiko Kijimuta in straight sets Sunday to win the Danone Open.
The No.2 seed took just 74 minutes to beat unseeded Kijimuta 6-4, 6-3 and add to the titles she won at the Milton Tennis Center in 1984 and 1989.Sukova used her greater strength to hit a succession of forehand winners and to force Kijimuta into errors. She also served strongly, hitting five aces.
Sukova, 25, earned $27,000 for the eighth singles victory of her career and her first for over 12 months. She went through the tournament without dropping a set.At Sydney, Australia, it wasn't just a routine first-round victory for Pam Shriver.
Seven months to the day that the 28-year-old underwent shoulder surgery, she was back in the winner's circle after beating 14th-seeded Isable Cueto of Germany 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 today in the New South Wales Open.
"I usually don't get too excited about first-round wins, but this was probably the most important of my career, a little more special," Shriver said.