Fifth-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel overcame a shaky start Sunday to beat American Julie Ditty 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 in a first-round match at the Australian women's hardcourt championships.
"I had a lot of trouble with her," Peer said. "Julie was playing good."
In other first-round matches, Nathalie Dechy of France beat China's Yan Zi 6-2, 6-2 and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated two-time Gold Coast champion Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-2, 6-3.
Another first-round match between Virginie Razzano of France and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia was suspended in the second game due to high winds and rain at Royal Pines.
Two-time Grand Slam champion and No. 6 seed Amelie Mauresmo of France plays her first match Monday against an as-yet undetermined qualifier.
Top-seeded Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic, coming back from a 2007 season affected by a viral illness and wrist and hamstring injuries, takes on Australian wild card entry Casey Dellacqua on Monday.
"I don't really make New Year's resolutions but health is going to be my biggest priority," Vaidisova said Sunday. "My biggest goal is to be able to play the whole season without any injuries."