Baltacha upsets odds to oust Voegele
Elena Baltacha showed impressive levels of resilience as she outlasted Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele to reach the second round of the Brussels Open on Monday.
Baltacha, a wildcard for the event in Belgium, survived a painfully tight first set to claim the lead, before roaring back from a second set deficit to secure a 7-6(9) 7-5 victory in a match that lasted just seconds shy of two hours.
Baltacha, the world No. 234 going into the tournament, entered the contest as a resounding underdog against the world No. 58 Voegele - but she quickly set about proving the form book wrong, edging a fraught tiebreak to claim a set that saw just two breaks of serve.
Voegele had won the only previous meeting between the pair, however - and it looked like order would be restored when the Swiss engineered an immediate break in the second stanza before moving ahead 4-1. However, Baltacha would not fall apart - rallying back with successive breaks before clinching a memorable victory.
Baltacha will now face Varvara Lepchenko in the second round, after she defeated Bojana Jovanovski in three arduous sets.