Japan's Risa Ozaki upset eighth seed Cagla Buyukakcay in the first round of the Malaysian Open on Monday.
Ozaki bounced back from a break down to claim three breaks of her own during the 38-minute first set, but Buyukakcay returned the favour in the second, breaking three times to one to level the scores.
It all came down to the deciding third set, and it was Ozaki who claimed what would turn out to be the decisive break in the third game with a powerful smash, holding on to defeat Buyukakcay 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
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"I'm so tired after the match, but I am happy to win against the eighth seed," Ozaki said. "Her backhand is very good, so my plan was to go in front of the baseline and up to the net. My serve worked well today."
Also advancing on Monday were a trio of Chinese players: Zhang Kailin, Zheng Saisai and Duan Yingying.
Zhang is set to face Ozaki after beating Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (10-8), 6-2.
Other winners on the day included Nao Hibino, Ashleigh Barty and Lesley Kerkhove.