HONG KONG — Kristina Kucova recorded her first WTA main draw victory in over a year when she beat Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of Hong Kong Open on Monday.
Ostapenko struggled with a left wrist injury at the Wuhan Open and China Open but still managed to win the first set.
Kucova will next face lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova, who defeated Dalila Jakupovic 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3).
Eighth-seeded Alize Cornet, Luksika Kumkhum and Dayana Yastremska also moved into the second round.
HONG KONG (AP) Top-ranked Angelique Kerber overcame five double-faults and fought off eight break points before beating Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round of the Hong Kong Open on Tuesday.
Kerber is trying to win her fourth title of the year. She will next play Louisa Chirico of the United States.
Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki also advanced to the second round, beating Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4, and seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic defeated Samantha Crawford 6-3, 6-1.
Samantha Stosur, seeded fourth, lost to Nao Hibino of Japan 6-3, 6-4.