TOKYO, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria and No. 8 Amanda Coetzer of South Africa, both looking to build on strong efforts at the Australian Open, advanced to the second round at the $1.2 million Pan Pacific Open Tuesday.
Maleeva topped Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4, and Coetzer defeated American Lisa Raymond, 7-5, 6-4.
Russian wild card and fan favorite Anna Kournikova, who won the Australian Open doubles title with Hingis, dispatched Spaniard Cristina Torrens Valero, 6-3, 6-0.
Kournikova, who started the year with a semifinal effort at the ASB Bank Classic in Auckland, suffered a first-round loss to Justine Henin at Melbourne.
Also on Tuesday, Italy's Rita Grande posted a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 victory over Uzbekistan's Iroda Tulyaganova, and Austria's Barbara Schett cruised past Spain's Magui Serna, 6-1, 6-3.
In addition, Marlene Weingartner of Germany defeated Japanese wild card Rika Fujiwara, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), but another wild card entrant, Argentina's Maria Emilia Salerni, got past Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.