BAD GASTEIN, Austria - Yvonne Meusburger continued her trend of success at the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies in winning her first round match on another rain-interrupted day of action Wednesday, but she was pushed to the brink of defeat in doing so.
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Meusburger lives less than 20 miles from Bad Gastein in Schwarzach, and she certainly treats these courts like home. Her five best WTA results have occurred in her five previous appearances here - a run to the final in 2007, a semifinal showing in 2010 and quarterfinal appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
It appeared Meusburger would finally lose an opener in Bad Gastein when she was down 5-2, 40-0 to fifth-seeded Petra Martic, who was coming off a career-best Grand Slam showing at Roland Garros in reaching the fourth round. However, Meusburger fought off those three match points on Martic's serve and one more at 5-4. Later, down 5-3 in the tie-break she reeled off four consecutive points to seal the 61 46 76(5) triumph, her first WTA main draw match win since this tournament a year ago.
"I won the first set, and then we had a rain delay, came back and I lost the second set," Meusburger said. "But I focused on my game and tried to fight and I think that helped me a lot at the end.
"My family is not with me that often, so I really enjoy playing here in Austria. If it wouldn't rain so much, it would actually be perfect!"
Meusburger wasn't alone in surviving match points. No.3 seed Ksenia Pervak withstood two of them down 5-2 in the third set against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, two more at 5-3 and one more at 5-4, eventually pulling out a 36 63 76(3) victory. Pervak snapped a five-match losing streak and in so doing left behind the memories of her last match here - her only career double bagel loss in last year's semifinals to Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.
Other seeds advancing to the second round were sixth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu and eighth-seeded Johanna Larsson. Down 3-1 in the third set to Kathrin Woerle, Begu ran off five straight games to clinch her 75 16 63 win. Larsson was a 64 76(1) victor over qualifier Jana Cepelova.
"I think I was one of the lucky girls because I was on court first," Scholl said. "With my qualifying matches as well, I finished them both Sunday, so I didn't have to wait too long. Then today I waited a couple hours, got on court and finished the match. Obviously, I'm pretty excited to get my first win."