BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sixth-seeded Petra Cetkovska defeated Shahar Peer 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 and seventh-seeded Sara Errani beat Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (5), 6-4 in first-round matches at the Barcelona Open.
Trailing 5-2 in the third set Monday, Peer held off three match points to pull even at 5-all but gave up a late service break when she netted a return.
Errani needed just over two hours to hold off Begu’s big serve. The 21-year-old Begu hit five aces, but also four double faults.
Also, Simona Halep defeated 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-4.