Slovakian qualifier Rebecca Sramkova knocked off No. 1 seed and home favorite Petra Kvitova in first-round action Monday at the Livesport Prague Open in the Czech Republic.
The 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4 victory was the first against a top-20 opponent for the 24-year-old Sramkova, who is ranked No. 226 in the world. Sramkova broke the 2018 tournament champion’s serve three straight times to finish the match in two hours and 36 minutes.
In other action, No. 7 Nina Stojanovic of Serbia rallied to beat Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3, and No. 9 Greet Minnen of Belgium held off Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6-0, 4-6, 6-1. Other winners in the Round of 32 included Americans Grace Min and Asia Muhammad and Czech Tereza Smitkova.
Hungarian Grand Prix
Top seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan opened play in Budapest with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Ekaterine Gorgodze of Georgia.
Three seeded players were eliminated. No. 4 Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania fell 6-3, 6-4 to Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, No. 7 Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria lost 6-2, 6-3 to Argentina’s Paula Ormaechea, and No. 8 Sara Errani of Italy lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to Irina Maria Bara of Romania.
Also moving on to the Round of 16 were Croatia’s Ana Konjuh and Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova.
Ladies Open Lausanne
No. 1 seed Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia began play in Switzerland by rallying for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Marina Melnikova of Russia. Zidansek saved 11 of 15 break points to avoid the early upset.
Three other matches were completed. Kazakhstan’s Zarina Dyas defeated Switzerland’s Simona Waltert 6-4, 6-4, Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva outlasted Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, and France’s Clara Burel cruised 6-0, 6-2 past Swiss Susan Bandecchi.
Two matches were suspended, with American Alycia Parks leading 5-0 over Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam and Fiona Ferro ahead 7-5, 2-1 against French compatriot Harmony Tan.
–Field Level Media
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