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Begu & Bertens Advance In Acapulco

No.4 seed Irina-Camelia Begu dug herself out of a final set hole to defeat Ajla Tomljanovic, 62 36 75, and reach the second round in Acapulco.

Published February 25, 2013 11:59

Begu & Bertens Advance In Acapulco
Irina-Camelia Begu

ACAPULCO, México - Irina-Camelia Begu injected some momentum into her stuttering start to the season on Monday with a gutsy win over Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL.

Coming into Acapulco, Begu had won just one match all season and in her last competitive outing lost to World No.103 Alexandra Panova in Pattaya City.

When she fell two breaks behind in the final set against wildcard Tomljanovic another defeat looked on the cards. Somehow, though, the No.4 seed dragged herself back on level terms before reeling off the final three games to overhaul her opponent and clinch the most improbable of victories.

Her reward for this 62 36 75 win is a meeting with either Mandy Minella or Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, who play on Tuesday afternoon.

Also through to the second round are Begu's fellow seeds, Kiki Bertens and Lourdes Domínguez Lino. Bertens, the No.5 seed, withstood a second set rally to defeat lucky loser Sharon Fichman, 62 75, while No.7 seed Domínguez Lino ended the hopes of former champion Flavia Pennetta.

Pennetta, victor at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess resort in both 2005 and 2008, has missed much of the past six months with a right wrist injury and struggled to find her rhythm out on Cancha Central. Particularly troublesome was the serve, which she dropped seven times en route to a 75 63 defeat.

"I've been away from tennis for a long time so these last few weeks have not been easy," said Pennetta, who reached the second round on her comeback in Bogotá last week. "But I'm really happy to be back on the court. Little by little I have to raise my level to try and get back to where I was before the surgery."

The remaining seven seeds will all be in action on Tuesday, including defending champion Sara Errani, who takes on Alexandra Cadantu.

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