Sixth-seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy overpowered France’s Mary Pierce on Tuesday in the first round of the $1.3 million Toray Pan Pacific tennis tournament.

Pierce, who entered the tournament as a wild card, took the opening set at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium but looked sluggish the rest of the way as Farina Elia came back for the 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory.

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