The Hungarian Grand Prix lost its top two seeded players in the first round on Tuesday, as Lucie Safarova and Alize Cornet bowed out of the tournament.
Russia’s Valeria Solovyeva routed top-seeded Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-0, while fellow Czech Andrea Hlavackova was a 6-4, 6-2 winner against France’s Cornet, who won the event in 2008.
However, eighth-seeded Anna Tatishvili of Georgia defeated Hungary’s Reka-Luca Jani 6-3, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa beat Slovakia’s Michaela Honcova 6-4, 6-1.
Other winners were Hungarian Timea Babos, who held on to defeat Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-3, 6- 7 (7/5), 6-3, and Shahar Peer of Israel, who cruised past Xenia Knoll of Switzerland 6-2, 6-2.
Just a month ago, record flooding of the Danube River, which flows just a couple of hundred meters from center court, threatened to cancel the tournament.
The venue was spared thanks to a dam built in 2006.
AP, PALERMO, Sicily
The second-seeded Roberta Vinci struggled past qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone 7-6 (6/8), 6-3 in the first round of the Italiacom Open on Tuesday.
Vinci is next to play 2011 runner-up Polona Hercog of Slovenia, who beat Eva Birnerova 6-4, 6-1. Last year’s runner-up Barbora Zahlavova Strycov is also safely through after she defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-4, 6-4.
Two seeded players were eliminated with the sixth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu losing 7-5, 7-5 to Renata Voracova, while Dinah Pfizenmaier beat eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.
Fourth seed Klara Zakopalova is through following a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory over 2009 winner Flavia Pennetta, while the fifth-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino also progressed after opponent Alexandra Dulgheru retired when losing 5-1.
Five-time winner Anabel Medina Garrigues is also through after beating Kristina Barrois of Germany 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Fellow Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela cruised past Alice Matteucci of Italy, 6-4, 6-1.
In other main-draw matches, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni beat Mariana Duque-Marino 6-3, 6-3, Karin Knapp defeated Teliana Pereira 6-3, 6-2 and Nastassja Burnett beat Maryna Zanevska 6-0, 7-5.