WTA Portugal Open: Lucie Safarova hits back in style to progress
Lucie Safarova hit back with two perfect sets to see off Magdalena Rybarikova at the Portugal Open.
Last Updated: 28/04/14 9:12pm
World number 26 Safarova was broken three times in the opening set by her Slovakian opponent but responded in style to pull off a 4-6 6-0 6-0 win in one hour and 40 minutes.
Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski came through a tight clash with Puerto Rico's Monica Puig 6-4 4-6 6-4 and there were also wins for Yanina Wickmayer, Yaroslava Shvedova and Ons Jabeur.
In the men's first round, Kazakh eighth seed Mikhail Kukushkin was beaten 6-1 7-6 (7/3) by Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, but fellow Kazakh Andrey Golubev beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 3-6 6-4.