Wildcard Maia Lumsden came through a hard-fought battle to fend off Italian Anastasia Grymalska to reach the second round of the W60 event in Shrewsbury.
The Scot needed over two hours in her 7-5 4-6 6-1 victory, fighting back from a break down in both the first and final set. Lumsden, who was returning to Shrewsbury after claiming a $25k title towards the end of last year, hadn’t won a match since and she got off to the worst possible start after being instantly broken.
However, as her Italian opponent served for the opening set, Lumsden fought back, winning the last four games to come through an enthralling set. Grymalska, who is ranked over 100 places above the Brit, battled bravely to take the match to a decider, and, after breaking Lumsden in the opening game, looked to be in the driving seat.
However Lumsden again rallied, breaking back immediately before winning the next five games to clinch the opening round win. She now faces eighth seed Kathinka von Deichmann, who eliminated Laura Robson 6-7 7-6 6-0.
Robson, who gained entry into the draw via a lucky loser slot, took the opening set on a tie-break, before entering another breaker in the second. Despite taking a 4-2 lead, the Brit was unable to earn any match points, as the Liechtensteiner grew in confidence. And after taking the second set, there was no looking back for von Deichmann as she powered through to clinch a final set bagel.
It’s been a very encouraging first tournament back for the Brit, who will be pleased to have three matches under her belt.
Elsewhere, there were straight set losses for Freya Christie, Naomi Broady and Fran Jones. Jodie Burrage, who came through two rounds of qualifying yesterday, is currently facing Greek top 200 player Valentini Grammatikopolou.
In Trnava, meanwhile, Britain’s Tara Moore has come through qualifying to reach the main draw of the W25 event. She will face Czech seventh seed, Barbora Krecikova.