Vekic upsets Watson in Charleston opening round

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — Donna Vekic of Croatia upset Britain’s Heather Watson 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the opening round of the Family Circle Cup on Monday.

The 18-year-old Vekic raced out to a 6-3, 4-2 lead before Watson, the 16th seed, took seven of the next eight games to capture the second set and take a 3-1 lead in the second.

Vekic responded by leveling the score at 5-all before breaking Watson at love to win the match.

In other matches, Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic defeated 11th-seeded Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, Mona Barthel of Germany beat Timea Babos of Hungary, 6-3, 6-3, and Kristina Kucova of Slovakia topped Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is the top seed and received a first-round bye.

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