MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP)—Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria surprised second-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2 in the first round of the Grand Prix SAR on Tuesday.
The veteran Mayr-Achleitner broke Svitolina three times in the final set.
Svitolina hit 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.
The fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain also advanced to the second round as she did not face any break points in her 6-2, 6-2 win over Julia Glushko of Israel.