Sevastova turns around losing streak in Budapest

BUDAPEST, Hungary — After two tough grand slam draws, Latvian Anastasija Sevastova has returned to winning ways in Budapest.

The world no. 59 struggled early against her much lower-ranked opponent Belarusian Anastasiya Yakimova, before finding her rhythm to prevail in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Sevastova was clinical on break point, forcing Yakimova to brink on nine occasions and managing to convert on seven.

Sevastova, who had her breakthrough win on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour earlier this season, had been hoping for strong results at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but playing against high seeds early on saw her bundled out of both tournaments on the opening days.

The win sets her up for a second round clash against fifth seed Shuai Peng of China.

A good result here in Budapest will see a return boost in confidence and put her in good stead ahead of the final Grand Slam of the year, scheduled to take place in Flushing Meadows, New York at the end of August, beginning of September.

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