BUDAPEST, Hungary - Lucky loser Viktoria Kuzmova made her second chance at the Hungarian Ladies' Open count on Tuesday afternoon, as she upset No.4 seed Sorana Cirstea in first round action, 6-4, 6-2.
The Slovakian lost a marathon final round qualifying match against Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure on Monday, as she failed to convert on a pair of match points in the second set, but earned a spot in the main draw when Kristyna Pliskova withdrew due to the flu.
Making the most of her opportunity, the 19-year-old saved all four break points she faced in the match, and broke the World No.36 three times on a staggering 14 opportunities to seal victory in one hour, 14 minutes.
"I think it was a really good match, I played really well. It was really hard after yesterday when I lost in a really tough match, so it was a little hard to think positive, but I'm really happy about it," the World No.121 said.
"I want to get to the Top 100 and play these kind of tournaments and play good matches like this."
Outside of Cirstea's defeat, it was a largely successful Tuesday for the seeded players in Budapest. No.5 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu, No.6 seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich, No.7 seed Aleksandra Krunic and No.8 seed Donna Vekic all advanced in straight sets.
Sasnovich scored a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Roberta Vinci, while Krunic ousted Spanish qualifier Georgina Garcia Perez, 6-2, 6-4. In Tuesday's opening match, Buzarnescu edged a first-set tiebreak and pulled away from Lara Arruabarrena, 7-6(5), 6-1.
Qualifier Bonaventure continued her run of form into the main draw with a 6-0, 6-0 double bagel over Sara Sorribes Tormo, while Sweden's Johanna Larsson rounded out the singles winners witha 6-1, 7-6(5) win over qualifier Magdalena Frech.