BUDAPEST, Hungary - No.3 seed Julia Goerges needed three sets and over two hours but she was able to complete her comeback against Estonian wildcard Anett Kontaveit and move into the second round of the Hungarian Ladies Open, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4.
"It was a tough battle. I'm very happy with my win and looking forward to continue like this," Goerges told wtatennis.com after the match.
After trading breaks in the opening set, Kontaveit edged through in the tiebreak to take an early lead. But she Goerges recovered strongly in the final two, grabbing a lone break in each and batting away three of Kontaveit's chances to move into the second round.
A few weeks ago in Hawaii, Goerges sustained a knee injury during Germany's Fed Cup tie against the United States that caused her to retire against CoCo Vandeweghe. But she assured that the injury was behind her after her victory.
"I am feeling good! The injury I got during Fed Cup is not too bad which is great."
Currently ranked No.282, Stollar's victory over No.69 Kovinic is the first WTA main draw win of her career.
"I'm very happy to have won my singles match," the 18-year-old said afterwards. "I got shaky when I had three match points but I managed to win in the next game.
"I got great support from my family and the crowd. So nice to play at home and to be in singles and doubles!"
A trio of qualifiers is also through to the second round: Aliaksandra Sasnovich took out Kirsten Flipkens 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; Anna Blinkova came back from a set down to oust Naomi Broady 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; and Tamara Korpatsch moved past Evgeniya Rodina 6-3, 6-3.