TOKYO -- Stephanie Rehe, a high school sophomore from Highland, Calif., defeated fellow Californian Debbie Spence of Cerritos 6-1, 6-4 Thursday and moved into the quarterfinals of the $300,000 Pan Pacific Women's Tennis Open.
Rehe, 16, turned pro in September and was making her first appearance in Japan.
She will meet defending champion Helena Sukova in the quarterfinals.
Defending champion Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia had a hard time in moving to the quarters. The No. 2 seed, ranked seventh by the Women's Tennis Association, rallied to defeat Marcella Mesker of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, the top seed, routed Alycia Moulton of Sacramento, Calif., 6-3, 6-4, to give herself a belated birthday present. Kohde-Kilsch, who turned 22 earlier this week, broke Moulton's service in the second game to take the first set 6-3. She broke Moulton in the first and third games to take a 4-0 lead.
Kohde-Kilsch will play Grace Kim of Franklin Lakes, N.J., in the quarterfinals. Kim of Franklin Lakes, N.J. eliminated Ann Henricksson of Mahtomedi, Minn., 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7).
The other quarterfinal match will pit Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria against Annabel Croft of Britain.