Italian player Sara Errani upset second-seeded Madison Brengle in the opening round of the Veneto Open.
Errani, 35, who had a career-high world ranking of number 5 but is now number 213, defeated Brengle 6-2 3-6 7-5. The 32-year-old Brengle is in 57th place.
Errani made a double foul on her first match point at 5-4 in the third set and wasted three more match points in her next service game before finishing the match with a delicious lob.
German Tatjana Maria also needed three sets to beat Dutch opponent Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4 4-6 6-4.
The Veneto Open will take place in Gaiba, a city of less than 1,000 inhabitants, making it the smallest city in the world to host a WTA tournament.
It is the first WTA tournament to be played on natural grass in Italy.
The organizers use former football pitches and the host tennis club has been nicknamed ‘Gaibledon’ in tribute to Wimbledon.