Karolina Pliskova bounced back from her disastrous French Open but was made to work hard to reach the 2nd Round at the Aegon Open in Nottingham.
The top seed, a wildcard after becoming an opening round casualty at Roland Garros, was given a scare before overcoming Anastasija Sevastova 6-7(5) 6-0 6-2 in 95 minutes.
Eastbourne-bound Pliskova, who was felled by American Shelby Rogers on the red clay in Paris, was struggling to find her rhythm against Austrian Sevastova – beaten by the low bounce.
And the Czech lost her way in the opening set tiebreak to trail the world #82.
But the Monaco-based ace stepped up a gear and finally got her footwork sorted to claim the next two sets for the loss of just two games.
“I improved a little bit after losing the first set, and I was more aggressive on her serve. I’m happy with the way the last two sets went.”
Thundering down nine aces during the contest, Pliskova added: “It helps so much if you can hit an ace, or even just hit a good first serve that you can close with an easy shot.
“Even if I’d lost, it would have been good to have a match to start the grass court season.
“I just want to have more matches on grass, because we don’t have any grass courts in the Czech Republic for practice, so I just want to hit as many balls as I can here in England.”