Hard-serving Barbara Potter blew a 5-2 lead in the second set but battled from behind in the tiebreaker and beat Bettina Bunge, 7-5, 7-6, Tuesday night at Oakland in the first round of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of California tournament.
In other matches, Peanut Louie beat Terry Holladay, 6-3, 6-3, and fifth-seeded Claudia Kohde-Kilsch got through the first round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kim Sands.
Camille Benjamin never reached the first round. She arrived late for her scheduled match, blaming transportation problems, and her spot went to an alternate, Lea Antonoplis, who lost, 6-3, 7-6, to Lori McNeil.
Francisco Gonzalez of Paraguay was an angry winner after his first-round victory over fourth-seeded American Jimmy Arias in the $200,000 Molson Lite Challenge tournament at Toronto.
"It got to the point where I was just so upset," said Gonzalez, the world's 88th-ranked player who was charged with two code violations--for abuse of racket and ball by umpire Mike Orr.
Despite his problems Gonzales beat Arias, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5.