- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) - Samantha Stosur made hard work of a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the opening round of the Gastein Ladies on Tuesday.

The 23rd-ranked Australian, who is seeded second, dropped her opening service game but reeled off four straight games from 2-4 down. Sevastova broke again in the opening game of the second set and held on to take it before Stosur dominated the final set.

Sevastova, who came out of retirement this season, had beaten Stosur in their only previous match - at the China Open in 2010, when Stosur was ranked seventh.

Former champion Julia Goerges defeated Risa Ozaki of Japan 6-3, 6-4. The sixth-seeded German, who won the clay-court event in 2010, missed a match point at 5-3 in the second set and needed three more chances to close out the victory in the next game.

Goerges will next play Daria Kasatkina of Russia, who beat Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-3, 6-1.

Karin Knapp saved three match points against Tamira Paszek of Austria before sealing a 6-0, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6) win. The third-seeded Italian conceded just five points in the opening set but missed two match points in the second. She was 4-5, 0-40 down in the final set before winning the tiebreaker on her fifth match point.

Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic rallied to upset the fourth-seeded Carina Witthoeft of Germany 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4. The match had been interrupted because of rain on Monday at 5-5 in the second set.

Fifth-seeded Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, a five-time doubles champion in Bad Gastein, advanced to the second round after a 6-4, 6-1 win over Lara Arruabarrena of Spain.

Also, Andreea Mitu of Romania saved two match points before beating Austrian wild-card entry Barbara Haas 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5). Other first-round winners included Polona Hercog of Slovenia, Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine, Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands, and Annika Beck of Germany.

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