NEW YORK — Fifth-seeded Pam Shriver needed just 41 minutes Wednesday to dispose of Terry Holladay, 6-1, 6-0, in an opening-round match of the U.S. Open.
Shriver joked about the speed of the match, saying, "I think at the Open it is the quickest match I can ever remember. Very few matches that are quick like this do you have a clock (on the court) staring you in the face.
"Actually, I was trying to finish under 40 (minutes). I got down, 15-40, on the last service game and blew it."
Shriver connected on 71% of her first serves and never double-faulted against Holladay, of Del Mar, Calif., who is ranked No. 97 in the world.
Second-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd had no problems against Barbara Gerken, posting a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Lloyd, 31, a six-time champion, registered a record 84th Open victory.
"I feel great," she said following her 57-minute workout. "I'm in a good frame of mind. I haven't overplayed to this point. I feel very fresh at this stage of the year. I'm real optimistic. My knee (tendinitis) feels good, and I think everything is falling into place nicely."
Lloyd, guilty of an uncharacteristic number of double faults when her right knee bothered her recently, served only three against Gerken. She broke Gerken's service six times.
"In the first-round match you're always a little nervous," said Lloyd, whose last U.S. Open title came in 1982. "You just sort of want to play it and get it over with."
In other women's matches involving seeded players, No. 3 Steffi Graf of West Germany defeated Susan Mascarin, 6-0, 6-1; No. 6 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch of West Germany eliminated Christine Jolissaint of Switzerland, 7-6, 6-3; No. 7 Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia downed Switzerland's Lilian Drescher, 6-3, 6-2; No. 9 Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria defeated Candy Reynolds, 6-2, 6-4; No. 11 Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina ousted Natalie Tauziat of France, 6-3, 6-2; No. 12 Zina Garrison downed JoAnne Russell, 6-3, 6-3; No. 13 Stephanie Rehe ousted Sharon Walsh-Pete, 6-0, 6-3, and No. 14 Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden beat Debbie Spence, 6-1, 6-2.
In other matches, Elizabeth Smylie of Australia outlasted Lori McNeil, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6; Elna Reinach of South Africa turned back Kimberly Shaefer, 6-3, 6-4; Mary Joe Fernandez beat Laura Garrone of Italy, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3; Elly Hakami defeated Patricia Medrado of Brazil, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; Catherine Tanvier of France ousted Claudia Porwick of West Germany, 6-0, 6-3; Tine Scheuer-Larsen of Denmark downed Claudia Montiero of Brazil, 6-2, 6-4, and Nicole Arendt defeated Anne Minter of Australia, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
Among men's seeded players, third-seeded seeded Boris Becker of West Germany knocked off Glenn Michibata of Canada, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, and No. 6 Jimmy Connors, at 33 a five-time Open champion and a favorite with New York crowds, crushed Henrik Sundstrom of Sweden, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
Also, No. 2 Mats Wilander of Sweden beat Todd Nelson, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; No. 4 Stefan Edberg of Sweden made quick work of Canadian Stephane Bonneau, 6-0, 6-3, 6-0; No. 7 Joakim Nystrom of Sweden trounced Sammy Giammalva, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; No. 10 Andres Gomez of Ecuador defeated Diego Perez of Uruguay, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1; No. 11 Mikael Pernfors of Sweden defeated Jan Gunnarsson, another Swede, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3; No. 13 Anders Jarryd of Sweden beat Al Parker, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, and No. 16 Miloslav Mecir of Czechoslovakia beat Tim Gullickson, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4.
Also, Broderick Dyke of Australia defeated Brian Teacher, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; Tom Gullickson outlasted Greg Holmes, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 0-6, 7-6; Jay Berger beat Ronald Agenor of Haiti, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5; Milan Srejber of Czechoslovakia turned back Jimmy Arias, 7-5, 6-0, 6-3, and Luke Jensen bested Ben Testerman, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4.