Using athleticism to make up for troubling inconsistency, Zina Garrison defeated Liz Smylie, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, in a first-round match of the $75,000 Audi Challenge tennis tournament at the Rancho San Clemente Tennis and Fitness Club in San Clemente Thursday.
In another first-round match, Barbara Potter defeated Lori McNeil, 6-2, 6-3.
In the first three games of the Garrison-Smylie match, both players seemed content to wait for the other to approach the net in the match in front of an estimated 250 fans.
Garrison--who is ranked seventh in the world and who is the tournament's third-seeded player--and Smylie traded baseline rallies, holding each other back with deep ground strokes.
Garrison broke Smylie, ranked 20th in the world, in the fourth game with the aid of two powerful serves to go up, 3-1, in the first set.