America's Madison Brengle beat world No. 31 Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 to pass through to the second round of the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday.
German Andrea Petkovic also made it through her first-round clash, as she beat Italian Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-1, while Kristina Mladenovic fought out a tough victory over Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-6 (1).
Svetlana Kuznetsova suffered an embarrassing two-set defeat at the hands of Julia Gorges, winning just a single game.
Here are the full results from Monday's action:
|Round 1||Andrea Petkovic bt. Camila Giorgi||6-2, 6-1|
|Round 1||Madison Brengle bt. Ekaterina Makarova||6-4, 7-5|
|Round 1||Kristina Mladenovic bt. Lesia Tsurenko||6-2, 7-6 (1)|
|Round 1||Caroline Garcia bt. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova||6-4, 6-1|
|Round 1||Julia Gorges bt. (8) Svetlana Kuznetsova||6-0, 6-1|
|Round 1||CoCo Vandeweghe bt. (6) Karolina Pliskova||7-6 (5), 6-1|
Brengle, 25, was making her debut in the tournament and fought impressively to pull off an upset against Makarova.
She was down in both sets but came back well and took advantage of the Russian No. 2's numerous mistakes.
Trailing 2-0 in the opener, Brengle managed to even things up before getting her own break advantage and seeing out the set.
The world No. 60 was then 4-0 down in the second, and Makarova looked set to force a decider.
However, Brengle was able to turn things around and eventually saw out an excellent victory in just over 100 minutes to set up a tricky second-round clash, per WTA:
Mladenovic's was a similarly hard-fought, straight-sets win, but the French player eventually came through after an hour and a half.
She gave Tsurenko nothing in the opener and picked up two breaks of serve to seal the first set in clinical fashion, but the Ukrainian did not go out with a whimper.
The second set was a much more competitive affair, with Tsurenko upping her first-serve percentage from 56 to 73, and the pair exchanged six breaks of serve to move into a tiebreak, per the tournament's website.
However, Mladenovic showed her quality in the breaker, taking an early advantage and winning 7-1 to seal the match.
Meanwhile, Petkovic needed just over an hour to beat Giorgi, with the world No. 28 breaking six times in the match—to the Italian's two—to set up a second-round clash with either Jelena Jankovic or fifth-seed Belinda Bencic.
Gorges played a fantastic match of attacking tennis to knock out Kuznetsova, bombing the Russian with winners throughout the match. Per Fox Sports' Abe Kuijl, Kuznetsova still seems to be reeling from the Fed Cup disappointment:
But while it's easy to point the finger at Kuznetsova's poor form, Gorges simply played a brilliant match and would have beaten just about anyone on Monday. The German seems to be peaking at just the right time and has already made a major final this year, losing to Sloane Stephens in Auckland.