HIROSHIMA, Japan - New location, no problem. No.6 seed and defending champion Zarina Diyas won her opener at the Hana-cupid Japan Women's Open on Tuesday over Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-2, 6-1.
The Kazakh won her first career WTA title at the International-level event, held in Tokyo, last year, and got off to a quick start in her title defense despite the event's relocation to the city of Hiroshima this year.
Diyas needed just 67 minutes to advance to the second round, breaking the Spaniard four times and never facing a break point over the course of the victory.
"I'm not thinking about defending a title, I'm just trying to enjoy to play every match and every game here. I'm feeling good. It was a really good game today. It was tough," Diyas said after the match.
"She puts a lot of balls back, and she has a good slice, so it was really important to stay focused and play my game."
Diyas struck 17 winners to Sorribes Tormo's six, as the Spaniard accumulated 22 unforced errors and five doubles faults in the pair's first career meeting.
In other early action at the Regional Park Tennis Stadium, American qualifier Amanda Anisimova defeated Croatia's Jana Fett in just 51 minutes, 6-1, 6-1, while No. 8 seed Magda Linette defeated Johanna Larsson, 6-4, 6-1.