LINZ, Austria - Italy's Alberta Brianti defeated top-seeded Sabine Lisicki No. 5 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Generali Ladies on Wednesday.
The semi-finalist at Wimbledon has wasted a 5-2 lead and eventually escape the first set. The German, however, has recovered well in the next round, but she was not able to achieve victory against the 74th World racket.
The other Italian and ninth-seeded Flavia Pennetta, in turn, has taken the measure of Elena Vesnina and then face Australia's Anastasia Rodionova, who beat Barbora Zahlavova she Strycova 7-6 (6), 6- 1.
Former champion Daniela Hantuchova could benefit from a match point in the second set breaking, but still managed to defeat the Croatian Petra Martic 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6 -1.