Sam Stosur has secured a spot in the second round after beating Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in the opening round of the Gastein Ladies in Austria.
The Gold Coaster local, who is seeded second, dropped her opening service game on Tuesday but reeled off four straight games from 2-4 down.
Sevastova broke again in the opening game of the second set and held on to take it before Stosur dominated the final set to grab a 6-4 4-6 6-1 victory.
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Sevastova, who came out of retirement this season, had beaten Stosur in their only previous match – at the China Open in 2010, when Stosur was ranked seventh.