OSAKA, Japan -- Third seed Shahar Peer of Israel and 40- year-old Japanese favorite Kimiko Date Krumm were among Tuesday's first-round winners at the $220,000 HP Open tennis event.
Peer pasted Japan's Misaka Doi 6-2, 6-3, while the sixth-seeded Date Krumm leveled British qualifier Laura Robson 6-3, 6-3 on the hardcourts at Utsubo Tennis Center. The veteran Date Krumm was a runner-up in Osaka in 1993.
In other action involving seeds, No. 7 Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic handled American qualifier Christina McHale 6-4, 6-3 and Ukrainian Olga Savchuk subdued No. 8 Hungarian Greta Arn 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, 36-year-old American Jill Craybas grounded South African qualifier Natalie Grandin 6-4, 6-2, 33-year-old Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn topped Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 7-5 and Italian Alberta Brianti held off Japan's Ayumi Morita 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
In addition to Date Krumm, three other Japanese women -- Junri Namigata and wild cards Ryoko Fuda and Aiko Nakamura -- posted wins on Day 2.
On Wednesday, top-two seeds Samantha Stosur of Australia and Marion Bartoli of France will take to the courts for second-round affairs. The reigning Osaka champion and 2010 French Open runner-up Stosur will encounter Namigata, while the former Wimbledon runner-up Bartoli will meet Swiss Stefanie Voegele. Stosur beat Italian Francesca Schiavone in last year's finale here. Schiavone upset Stosur in this year's French Open final.
The winner of this tournament will collect $37,000.