Samsung Open: Elise Mertens, Marketa Vondrousova into second round

Marketa Vondrousova fought back to secure her place in the next round of the Samsung Open in Lugano. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Defending champion Marketa Vondrousova fought back from 3-0 down in the deciding set to defeat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan and advance to the second round of the Samsung Open in Lugano, as rain once again played havoc with the tournament.

Having completed the first two sets on Monday, the players returned Wednesday as Vondrousova advanced 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 and will now face Elise Mertens after the No. 2 seed defeated Mandy Minella 6-4, 6-1.

No. 6 seed Alize Cornet overcame wild card Jil Teichmann 7-6, 6-0 to set up a second-round clash with either Magdalena Frech or Stefanie Voegele, who have yet to start their first-round match.

No. 9 seed Alison van Uytvanck beat France's Oceane Dodin 6-4, 6-2 to set up a meeting with Italy's Camila Giorgi who saw off Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 6-2.

Aryna Sabalenka upset No. 7 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 and will play Polona Hercog after the Belarusian edged Hsieh Su-wei 7-5, 6-0.