Defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy lost to Spanish qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Grand Prix SAR on Tuesday.
Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, trailed 4-0 in the first set and 4-1 in the second as she slipped to a ninth first-round exit in 11 tournaments this season.
Another surprise on Tuesday was Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria’s 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-2 win over second-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.
Svitolina made seven double faults and blew a 5-2 lead in the first set. The Ukrainian teenager then broke for a 5-3 lead in the next set to even the match. However, Mayr-Achleitner broke Svitolina three times in the final set.
Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, Peng Shuai of China and Romina Oprandi of Switzerland survived three-setters to reach the second round.
The top-seeded Hantuchova made the decisive break in the penultimate game to outlast Czech qualifier Renata Voracova 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, the sixth-seeded Peng beat Tunisian wild card Ons Jabeur 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, and Oprandi rallied past Italian lucky loser Anastasia Grymalska 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Spaniards Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, Garbine Muguruza, Estrella Cabeza Candela and Lara Arruabarrena won their first-round matches in straight sets.
Torro-Flor cruised past fourth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-2, 6-2, and the fifth-seeded Muguruza did not face any break points in her 6-2, 6-2 win over Julia Glushko of Israel.
Cabeza Candela beat Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), while qualifier Arruabarrena downed Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 6-3. Radwanska still has not won a match on the main tour this season.
Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium and Ukrainian qualifier Maryna Zanevska also advanced to the second round.
Voegele fired nine aces in her 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain, Van Uytvanck ousted Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-4, 6-1, and Zanevska outclassed Moroccan teenager Rita Atik 6-2, 6-0.
PORSCHE GRAND PRIX
AP, STUTTGART, Germany
Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (7/5), 7-6 (7/2) on Tuesday.
The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed 3 hours, 24 minutes for her 100th clay victory, three days after her 27th birthday.
Sharapova, who is bidding to win the tournament for the third time in a row, next faces fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Latvian qualifier Diana Marcinkevica 6-3, 6-2.
Jelena Jankovic, the No. 5 seed, saved four match points to come back and claim a 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-3 win over German lucky loser Mona Barthel.
No. 8 seed Sara Errani recovered from a double break down in the second set to defeat Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 for the Italian’s first win in five visits to Stuttgart.
Also on Tuesday, Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Italian qualifier Gioia Barbieri 6-2, 6-3 and another Russian, Alisa Kleybanova, defeated Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-4.
Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 6-4 and Roberta Vinci had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Annika Beck, ensuring the 20-year-old qualifier was the first German knocked out of the tournament.