PALERMO, Sicily – Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania beat Slovenia's Polona Hercog, last year's runner-up, with a 6-1, 7-6 (8) victory Monday in the first round of the Italiacom Open.
Begu, ranked 10 spots behind the 63rd-ranked Hercog, saved three set points in the tiebreaker.
Earlier on the red clay courts at the Country Time Club, seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France beat Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia, 6-3, 6-2; Alexandra Cadantu of Romania eliminated Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2; and Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain defeated Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-4.
Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska withdrew from the tournament citing respiratory problems, saying the humid weather in London affected her in Saturday's final loss to Serena Williams.
French Open runner-up Sara Errani is the tournament's top seed.