Bedene, Tsurenko progress in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Stunning comeback from Paire to reach Winston-Salem final

Aljaz Bedene beat Denis Istomin in the first round of men’s action at the Ricoh Open on Monday while in the women’s draw Lesia Tsurenko overcame Elise Mertens.

Eighth seed Aljaz Bedene struck eight aces and lost just 13 of his service points on Monday in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Istomin in 79 minutes at the Ricoh Open in the Netherlands.

It broke a two-match losing streak against Istomin. Bedene will now face Ernesto Escobedo or Korean Hyeon Chung, in the second round.

“I played a solid match and although I lost the first set, I felt that I was the better player," said Bedene.

"I felt solid on my strokes and my movement was good, despite the rain in the first set when I was broken.”

All the other results from day one in the men’s draw can be seen below:

Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat Tallon Griekspoor (Netherlands) 7-5, 6-1

Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Tatsuma Ito (Japan) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3          

Nicolas Mahut (France) beat Dennis Novikov (U.S.) 6-3, 6-4 

In women’s action, Tsurenko beat Elise Mertens 6-4, 6-1, to grab a quarterfinal berth.

There were two big upsets though.

Wildcard Arantxa Rus bested Timea Babos and Jelena Jankovic fell to Petra Krejsova.

The only other game that was played was between Camila Giorgi and Varvara Lepchenko. The former won that encounter in three sets.