MIAMI, FL, USA - Former Miami Open quarterfinalist Yanina Wickmayer came from a break down in the third set to see off Australia's Olivia Rogowska in nearly two-and-a-half hours to begin the qualifying tournament at Crandon Park on Monday.
Trailing 4-2 in the final set, the former World No.12 earned a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 victory at the Premier Mandatory stop where she reached the last eight in 2010, where she lost to Marion Bartoli.
Wickmayer, a former US Open semifinalist, was not the only former Grand Slam success story to get a win in the first round of qualifying, as former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard defeated American wildcard, Allie Kiick, 6-2, 6-2 to begin her tournament.
In a marathon affair, 2015 French Open runner-up Sara Errani was not as fortunate, as the Italian fell to Czech Tereza Martincova in a final-set tiebreak after having a match point, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(2).
Errani rallied from a set and 5-3 down to force a decider, in which she built a 5-0 lead, but was unable to hold on to victory as she failed to serve out the match four times.
In a clash between compatriots, featuring 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki and former World No.9 Andrea Petkovic, the latter advanced when Lisicki reitred due to injury in the third set, trailing 6-4, 3-6, 1-3.
Also reaching the second round in qualifying after early wins on Monday were top qualifying seed Monica Niculescu, No.2 seed Polona Hercog and No.3 seed Natalia Vikhlyantseva, who dispatched Antonia Lottner, Wang Xiyu and Emiliana Arango in straight sets.
Nicole Gibbs, Acapulco runner-up Stefanie Voegele, Francoise Abanda, Barbora Krejcikova, Wang Yafan, Alison Riske and Rebecca Peterson were also among early winners.
Former US Open finalist Roberta Vinci rounded out the notable winners in the first round of qualifying, as she defeated Sachia Vickery - another breakout performer of the BNP Paribas Open - in three sets, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.