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."