Melbourne VIC, Australia, 20 May 2014 | AAP/

Internationaux de Strasbourg

Australian Casey Dellacqua has beaten fifth-seeded Elena Vesnina of Russia 7-5 3-6 6-3 in the first round of the Strasbourg International.

The Australian trailed the Russian 5-2 in the opening set and faced a set point, but reeled off five games in a row to take the opener 7-5. Despite Vesnina levelling at a set apiece, Dellacqua kept her composure to claim the deciding set, winning the final eight points of the match.

Dellacqua broke serve seven times as Vesnina made nine double-faults for the match. Dellacqua will face either A Cadantu or Christina McHale for a spot in the quarterfinals.

In other matches Ashleigh Barty – who defeated fifth seed Anna Tatishvili 6-1 (ret) in the final round of qualifying – to  is due to play seventh seed Peng Shuai in one of the remaining first-round matches.

Barty and Dellacqua will join forces in the doubles, taking on Eva Hrdinova and Anna Tatishvili in the first round.

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Dusseldorf Open

In Dusseldorf, Australian qualifier Jason Kubler is yet to play his first-round match versus Italy’s Alessandro Giannessi. Marinko Matosevic’s campaign there came to an end on Sunday when he fell in three sets to Adrian Mannarino of France.

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Open de Nice Cote d’Azur

In Nice, Matt Ebden has suffered an early exit at the hands of Spaniard Albert Montanes, who triumphed 6-1 6-3. Bernard Tomic is yet to play his first-round match against Martin Klizan.

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