SYDNEY, Australia — Defending champion Pam Shriver, returning after a five-week break, easily won her opening match of the $350,000 New South Wales Open tennis championships at White City today.
But Henri Leconte of France, top seed in the men's field, was upset in his first-round match on the second day of the weeklong tournament.
The event is serving as a preliminary to the Australian Open starting in Melbourne on Jan. 16.
Shriver, seeded second behind Martina Navratilova, scored a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Australian teen-ager Jo-Anne Faull.
The victory advanced the American into the third round of the 56-draw Virginia Slims women's event, being staged in conjunction with a 32-draw Nabisco Grand Prix men's event.
The top eight women's seeds have byes through the first round.
Leconte, ranked ninth in the world, also was returning after a rest but found the heat-wave conditions and Sweden's Peter Lundgren too much, losing 6-4, 6-3 in a first-round match.