Charleston, S.C. -- Good friends and doubles partners Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won their respective first round singles matches of the Volvo Car Open in Charleston on Tuesday.
In an all-American match, Mattek-Sands defeated 18-year-old Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-4. Serving for the set at 5-3, Mattek-Sands was broken but was able broke right back to take the set 6-4.
Down 2-0 in the first set, Mattek-Sands won the next three games to put the set on serve 3-2. At 5-4, she broke Kenin, wrapping up the match.
In an all-lefty match, Lucie Safarova battled past Varvara Lepchenko in a three-sets thriller. Safarova raced to a 4-1 lead but Lepchenko retrieved both breaks back to level set 5-5. The Czech got one more break to go up 6-5, closing out the set 7-5.
In the second set down 4-5, 15-40, Safarova fended three match points to hold, leveling set 5-5. Lepchenko won the tiebreak, taking the set 7-6(6).
Safarova broke in the third game of the final set and never looked back, wrapping out the match 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3.
In an all-former champions night match, Samantha Stosur beat Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-3 in the second round. Up next for Stosur is the winner of Irina-Camelia Begu and Kristina Kucova.