Donna Vekic from Croatia return a shot against Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic during the Women Single's semi final match of the WTA BMW Malaysian Open 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Vincent Thian
April 07, 2015

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) Donna Vekic of Croatia upset Britain's Heather Watson 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the opening round of the Family Circle Cup on Monday.

The 18-year-old Vekic raced out to a 6-3, 4-2 lead before Watson, the 16th seed, took seven of the next eight games to capture the second set and take a 3-1 lead in the second.

Vekic responded by leveling the score at 5-all before breaking Watson at love to win the match.

In other matches, Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic defeated 11th-seeded Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, Mona Barthel of Germany beat Timea Babos of Hungary, 6-3, 6-3, and Kristina Kucova of Slovakia topped Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard is the top seed and received a first-round bye.

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