TOKYO -- Defending champion Czechoslovakia, seeded No. 1, eliminated Switzerland 2-1, and the United States routed China 3-0 Wednesday to breeze into the quarterfinals of the Federation Cup women's team tennis tournament.
Argentina, seeded No. 8, eliminated New Zealand 2-1, and No. 3-seeded Australia turned back Spain 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Switzerland took a 1-0 lead over Czechoslovakia when Lilian Drescher trounced Helena Sukova 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. U.S. Open champion Hana Mandolikova evened the score by beating No.-1 Swiss player Christiane Jolissaint 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. Mandolikova and Sukova routed Jolissaint and Drescher 6-1, 6-2.
Argentina clinched victory over New Zealand by taking two singles. Mercedes Paz rolled over Julie Richardson 6-3, 6-4, and Gabriela Sabatini ousted Belinda Cordwell 6-1, 6-0. Cordwell teamed with Richardson to beat Sabatini and Adriana Villagran 6-2, 6-2.
Australia was in no danger overcoming Spain. Anne Minter beat Elena Guerra 6-4, 6-0, and Wendy Turnbull routed Ana Almansa 6-1, 6-1. Jenny Bryne and Minter overpowered Almansa and Rosa Bielsa 6-1, 7-5.
Seventh-seeded Britain and Japan were tied at 1-1 when darkness forced a postponement of the crucial doubles match. Ann Hobbs beat Masako Yanagi 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to give Britain 1-0 lead. Japanese Etsuko Inoue turned back Annabel Croft 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 in a hard-fought match. Inoue and Yanagi took the first set 7-6 over the British pair of Jo Durie and Hobbs. They were tied at 2-2 in the second set when the match was postponed.
Kathy Jordan had little trouble defeating Zhong Ni of China 6-1, 6-0. Zina Garrison beat Li Xinyi 6-0, 6-2. Jordan and Sharon Walsh defeated Li and Zhong 6-2, 6-2 to make it a 3-0 sweep.
In other second-round encounters, Hungary beat Canada 2-1, Bulgaria ousted Yugoslavia 3-0 and Italy routed Mexico 3-0.