Bad Gastein, Austria – Third-seeded Ksenia Pervak of Russia and veteran American Jill Craybas were among the first-round winners Wednesday at the rain-plagued Gastein Ladies clay-court tennis event.
Pervak overcame Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), while the 37-year-old Craybas handled Russian Nina Bratchikova 7-5, 6-3 on another wet day at Hotel Europaischerhof.
In addition to some Wednesday rain, all of Monday's scheduled play was washed out because of the wet stuff and four matches were either suspended or postponed because of inclement weather on Tuesday.
In other matches involving seeds on Day 3, Austrian crowd favorite Yvonne Meusburger upended No. 5 Croat Petra Martic 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), No. 6 Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu bested German Kathrin Woerle 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, and No. 8 Swede Johanna Larsson doused Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Meusburger was the 2007 runner-up at this event.
Last year's Bad Gastein runner-up, Austria's Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, advanced Wednesday by peppering compatriot wild card Nicole Rottmann 6-2, 6-3. Mayr-Achleitner lost to Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in last year's finale.
Additional first-round wins came for 19-year-old American qualifier Chichi Scholl and Bulgarian qualifier Dia Evtimova. Scholl whipped Czech Zuzana Ondraskova 6-3, 6-0.
The 2012 Bad Gastein champion will claim $37,000.