Wednesday, August 18, 2004

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By Dustin Dow
Enquirer staff writer

MASON - The Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open will have its first buzz match tonight when two Americans square off in the round of 16.

Third-seeded Amy Frazier and fast-rising Mashona Washington will play at 7 p.m. on Center Court with a quarterfinal berth on the line.

Frazier, who played in the last women's tournament in Cincinnati in 1988, defeated Stephanie Foretz 6-2, 7-5 Tuesday.

Washington won her first-round match Monday and has moved from No. 198 to No. 83 in the WTA rankings in the last seven months. Her singles record this season is 38-17. Only four players have more wins this year than Washington, whose .685 winning percentage is 14th-best, two spots above Frazier.

"She's playing so well, so it's going to be so tough," Frazier said. "She does everything well. She's certainly got a great serve (and) groundstrokes."

They've met only once, with Frazier winning 6-1, 6-4 four years ago.

"I've had a lot of ups and downs, but it's been more on the up side in the last year and a half," Washington said. "I'm just trying to keep it going."

Like most of the field, Frazier and Washington are already into the second round, but No. 7 seed Flavia Pennetta plays her first-round match at 11 a.m. today against Teryn Ashley on Center Court. The top two seeds, Lindsay Davenport and Vera Zvonareva received byes and will play their second-round matches Thursday.

Davenport will face Columbus-area native Lilia Osterloh, who defeated Adriana Serra Zanetti 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday night.

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