MARY Pierce, dogged all year by problems involving her boorish father, kicks off what she hopes will be a trouble-free 1994 in Hong Kong. Canadian-born Pierce, who represents France, hit the headlines in 1993, not only because of her performances on court, but also because of the abusive behaviour of her father and former coach, Jim. Pierce, saying she was abused by her 57-year-old father, finally fired him in June and now works with famed coach Nick Bollettieri and Raul Ordonez, who travels with her. Looking forward to her appearance at Hong Kong's First Pacific Bank Challenge at Victoria Park next month, Pierce said: ''I am not involved with my father. ''He still lives in my apartment in Florida. I speak to him and I have visited him once this year. ''I guess we are having a more normal father-daughter relationship. He is no longer involved with my tennis which is different because he was involved for a long time.'' Pierce, who will be 19 next month, a week after the tournament at Victoria Park, from January 5-7, faces powerful Croatian youngster Iva Majoli in the first round. ''I don't know much about Hong Kong,'' she said. ''But I travel a lot and when I travel I like to look around and see the sights, as well as shop.'' Pierce has beaten Majoli in their only previous meeting. ''We are both young and hard-hitting,'' she said. ''When we played each other before, it was a very good match. Because I've played her before, I know what to do when we meet in Hong Kong.'' Majoli, 16, is seen as the rising force in women's tennis. In less than two years on the circuit her world ranking has risen from 798 to 46. This year, she won the Women's Tennis Association's Most Impressive Newcomer award. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Majoli now lives in Bradenton, Florida, and has already drawn comparisons with former world number one Monica Seles. She was beaten by world number one Steffi Graf in the French Open but has the opportunity to avenge that defeat in Hong Kong, as the German has also signed up for the event. ''I think I can beat Graf as I am sure of myself when I play the top players,'' Majoli said. ''I'm looking forward to the possibility of playing her in Hong Kong.'' Majoli is also hoping, by her continued presence on the circuit, that the comparisons to multi-Grand Slam winner Seles will stop. ''I think I am my own person. Now that I have been around for a while and have played in many tournaments, I think I am being compared less to Seles.'' The Opel-presented tournament also features Canada's former Hong Kong Federation Cup player Patricia Hy, Graf, Spain's Arantxa Sanchez and Bulgaria's Katerina Maleeva. Hy meets Maleeva in the first round. Graf and Sanchez have first-round byes and go straight into the semi-finals, to be played on the second day of the competition.