'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - Playing for the first time since a second round loss at the French Open, Dominika Cibulkova survived a first round battle with Lourdes Domínguez Lino on Monday at the Topshelf Open.
After cruising through the first set against the Spaniard, the second-seeded Cibulkova served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the second set but was unable to come through, eventually losing it in a tie-break. Conversely, Domínguez Lino served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the third set before Cibulkova rallied. Then down 3-0 in the third set tie-break, Cibulkova reeled off seven straight points to seal the two-and-a-half-hour 61 67(5) 76(3) victory.
Cibulkova is now 3-0 against Domínguez Lino, having defeated her once on each surface.
"It was really tough today," said Cibulkova, who has been suffering from a left Achilles tendon injury since Indian Wells. "It's never easy to play Lourdes. It was such a long match. For two weeks I didn't do anything. I couldn't run. I couldn't go on a bike. So it was a big test, and I'm really happy to be back.
"It's my fifth year at this tournament. It's nice preparation for Wimbledon, and I always hope to get some matches in here. That's why I keep coming back."
The other two seeded players in action went down, as Garbiñe Muguruza beat No.5 seed Mona Barthel, 75 16 62, despite losing five more points than she won, and Tsvetana Pironkova won 12 of the final 13 points down 4-3 in the second set en route to her 64 64 triumph over No.8 seed Kristina Mladenovic.
In a match involving two unseeded players who have been in good form of late, Simona Halep edged Annika Beck, 61 26 63. Halep was fresh off her first WTA title in Nürnberg on Saturday, while Beck was fresh off a rise to a career-high No.55 on Monday's rankings.
"I'm more confident now after winning a tournament," Halep said. "Last week was a good week for me, but it was clay. Here it's grass, which is much different. It was difficult because I only got to practice one hour on the grass, but I feel good and I'm happy that I won."
In another interesting match involving unseeded players, Magdalena Rybarikova saved all 11 of her opponent's break points and converted on all three of her own en route to a 75 62 win over Arantxa Rus.
Rybarikova plays 2012 's-Hertogenbosch runner-up Urszula Radwanska on Tuesday. Among those also on the schedule are No.1 seed Roberta Vinci and Daniela Hantuchova, who is fresh off her first WTA grass court title in Birmingham on Sunday.