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Top-seeded Ishizu advances in Sargent and Collins event

Four seeded players, included No. 1 Sachie Ishizu of Japan, were winners in straight sets as first-round matches in the main draw got underway Tuesday in the $10,000 Sargent and Collins, LLP Women’s Tennis Championship at Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville.

Ishizu defeated Julia Moriarty of Australia, 6-4, 6-2. Other seeded players to advance were: No. 5 Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, No. 6, Alexandra Mueller, Abington, Pa., and No. 8 Elisabeth Fournier of Canada. The four other seeded players, including No. 2 seed Jessica Moore of Perth, Australia, will be in action in first round matches starting at 10:30 this morning.

The qualifying draw was completed Tuesday. The eight qualifiers who advanced to the main draw were: Beatrice Captra, Emily J. Harman, Jacqueline Crawford, Denise Muresan, Ariana Rodriguez and Ryann Foster of the U.S. and two Canadians, Charlotte Petrick and Petra Januskova.

Ishizu and Denise Starr, who are seeded fourth, won their first-round doubles match over Marina Danzini of Brazil and Olena Leonchuk of the Ukraine, 6-2, 6-3.

All tournament matches are free to the public and are held at 5959 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville.