Top-seeded Martina Navratilova settled down quickly after dropping the first two games of her first-round match and beat Stephanie Rehe, 6-3, 6-2, Tuesday night in the $250,000 Virginia Slims of California at Oakland.
"I was ahead, 40-15, in the first game, then hit a bad volley and a bad forehand. I was upset, not because I lost the game but by how I lost it," Navratilova said.
Navratilova lost a total of only four points in winning the last five games of the first set against Rehe.
Defending champion Zina Garrison, seeded fourth, opened play in the tournament with a strong serve and a strong showing, beating Heather Ludloff, 6-4, 6-2.
Making life difficult for himself with some sloppy and erratic play, Boris Becker survived a late lapse before defeating Guy Forget of France in the opening round of a Grand Prix tournament at Milan, Italy.