WTA Southern California Open: Laura Robson fights back to reach second round
Laura Robson battled through to the second round in Carlsbad with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 victory against Japan's Ayumi Morita.
Last Updated: 31/07/13 9:40am
Japan's Morita was 6-4 5-4 up, taking a 30-0 lead, but couldn't close it out and eventually fell 4-6 7-5 6-2 to the British No 1.
The 19-year-old, who has climbed to world No 32 after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, will next face Petra Kvitova.
Robson beat the third-seeded Czech at this year's Australian Open.
In Tuesday's other matches, Daniela Hantuchova roared through with a 6-0 6-0 thrashing of Austrian Tamira Paszek.
Slovakia's Hantuchova needed just 47 minutes to dispatch Paszek and set up a second-round meeting with second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.
The only seeded player in action was number eight Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who eased into the second round with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Japanese qualifier Sachie Ishizu.
Kazakh qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva upset Julia Goerges 6-3 7-5 to set up a meeting with fifth-seeded Aussie Samantha Stosur.
Meanwhile, Urszula Radwanska and US qualifier Coco Vandeweghe also made it through in comfortable fashion.
Top seed Victoria Azarenka opens her campaign with a second round clash against 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone of Italy on Wednesday while former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic takes on defending Carlsbad champion Dominika Cibulkova.