Washington, DC – Reigning champion Magdalena Rybarikova was a come-from-behind first-round winner Monday at the $235,000 Citi Open tennis event.
The seventh-seeded Slovak overcame American Christina McHale 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.
Rybarikova beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in last year's finale.
This week's top seed in German left-hander Angelique Kerber.
The 2013 Citi Open champ will collect $40,000.