Victoria Azarenka almost became the biggest casualty at the French Open as she was a set and 4-0 down in her opening match earlier today.
The world number one faced Alberta Brianti in her first round match as she is looking to win her second consecutive Grand Slam after taking the Australian Open crown at the beginning of the career.
But it was a shaky opening set for Azarenka on serve as she was broken three times - however she did battle back to take that opening set to a tie break.
But Brianti was not to be denied as she took the break 8-6 to take a tough and competitive opening set.
But things went from bad to worse for Azarenka in the second as she struggled once again to hold onto her serve and two consecutive breaks saw her fall 4-0 behind.
But with her back against the wall the world number one dug deep to take six games on the bounce and with it the second set 6-4.
But Brianti hit back at the beginning of the third set with another break but Azarenka was now playing with confidence and conviction and she broke back immediately.
They traded breaks once more before Azarenka got the decisive break in the third set to lead 4-2.
The tide really had turned in the favour of the world number one as she wrapped up a 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-2 victory.
However the Azarenka did notch up a massive sixty unforced errors throughout the whole match and she will need to tighten up her game with the likes of Sam Stosur in the same half of the draw.
But in the next round she will face Dinah Pfizenmaier who came through 3-6 6-4 6-3 against Caroline Garcia.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw