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Fichman was up a set and 4-3 on Kateryna Kozlova before the Ukrainian won three straight games to even the match. But Fichman quickly regained the momentum by winning the first 10 points and the first three games of the third set, going on to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 triumph.
Also moving on was China's Wang Yafan, who down 6-4, 3-3 against Melinda Czink reeled off eight straight games en route to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory. Wang had the best outing of her career in reaching the semifinals of Guangzhou last month, highlighted by her first Top 20 win over Samantha Stosur in the first round.
Fellow Chinese Liu Chang had the most lopsided win of the day over Misa Eguchi, 6-0, 6-3.
The Yinzhou Bank International Women's Tennis Open is one of three WTA 125K Series events in China, along with Nanchang and Suzhou.