Stadium court play in Charleston began today with the upset of 16th seed Vera Dushevina by Vania King. King won the first set 6-4, and the second went to a tiebreak. Dushevina went up a mini-break immediately, and was up 5-3 when King started her comeback. King made an error on her first match point, but at 8-7, she hit an ace, and advanced to the second round.
Qualifier Heather Watson was up 3-0, then 4-2 in the third set of her match against Christina McHale; she had a point to go up 5-2, but McHale broke her. That match also went to a tiebreak, and McHale's aggressive tiebreak play gave her a victory.
It took Zheng Jie over three hours to defeat qualifier Monica Puig 3-6, 7-6(10), 7-5.
Three qualifiers--Irina Falconi, Sania Mirza and Eva Birnerova--won their first-round matches.