Sania Mirza rallied from a break down in both sets to overcome unheralded Nicha Lertpitaksinchai of Thailand 7-6 (4), 7-5 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Pattaya Open.
Mirza trailed 3-5 in both sets against the 945th-ranked Nicha before winning in just under two hours.
"She didn't play like she is 945. She hit like she is in the top 50," Mirza said. "It's always difficult to play with someone you don't know in the first round. But I'm happy to raise my level and pulled through."