Chris Evert Lloyd welcomed an easier-than-expected victory Thursday night in the second round of a $150,000 women's tennis tournament at Dallas.
Lloyd advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kathy Jordan, a player who has beaten her twice.
Lloyd, seeded second, admitted she was not playing her sharpest tennis, but Jordan was missing the majority of her first serves--her major weapon--and the rest of her game suffered.
At 2-2 in the first set, with Jordan leading, 40-15, on her serve, Lloyd surprised her with a winning lob. Jordan missed on the next point, and Lloyd hit consecutive winners to break serve and take control of the match.
"I didn't think I played that badly, but I couldn't put it together," Jordan said.
Lloyd: "When I broke her for 3-2 in the first set, that was the big game. At deuce, I came up with two good points. I won the big points in that set, and that seemed to set the tone. I feel when I get into a baseline rally with her, she can't hurt me. She doesn't have penetrating ground strokes."
Third-seeded Helena Sukova also advanced to today's quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-0 rout of Melissa Gurney.
Top-seeded Martina Navratilova and sixth-seeded Claudia Kohde-Kilsch of West Germany reached the quarterfinals Wednesday.
Rising young players Pat Cash of Australia, Sammy Giammalva of the United States and Joakim Nystrom of Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals of the $267,000 Belgian Indoor championships at Brussels, joining Sweden's Anders Jarryd and Heinz Gunthardt of Switzerland.
The 19-year-old Cash defeated Matt Mitchell, 7-5, 6-4; the 22-year-old Nystrom beat Britain's John Lloyd, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, and the 21-year-old Giammalva ousted countryman Chip Hooper, 7-6, 6-1.
The second-seeded Jarryd scored a 6-3, 6-1 victory over compatriot Thomas Hogstedt, and Gunthardt rallied to beat India's Vijay Amritraj, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0. Sweden's Stefan Edberg had qualified for the quarterfinals Wednesday.