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HONG KONG (AP) -- Mary Pierce beat Barbara Schett 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) Wednesday in the Hong Kong Ladies Challenge, her first competitive match in over seven months.

Pierce, sidelined by injuries for much of last year, showed flashes of brilliance as she won her first-round match at Victoria Park in 96 minutes.

``I felt great and it was nice to play out there. It was fun. I am happy with the way I played,'' said 26-year-old Pierce, a two-time Grand Slam winner currently ranked 130th in the world. ``I'd say that I am now feeling 70 percent. I always think I can do better and I strive to do better.''

Pierce was bothered by back, ankle, hip and shoulder problems last year but showed no signs of those injuries as she defeated the 21st-ranked Schett with a superb all round baseline game.

Later on Wednesday, South Africa's Amanda Coezter beat Russia's Lina Krasnoroutskaya 6-4, 7-5 in another first-round match.

The eight-woman field is headed by Jennifer Capriati, who will play her first round match Thursday against Indonesian rookie Angelique Widjaja.

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I' m very " happy ", " Congratulations " and " thank you " Mary Pierce.

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