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Top seed Niculescu loses in Tashkent

8:20 AM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Sports Network) - Italy's Karin Knapp took down top- seeded Monica Niculescu in Tuesday's first-round action at the Tashkent Open.

Knapp beat Niculescu by a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 margin in a match that lasted over 2 1/2 hours.

In another upset, Donna Vekic of Croatia defeated fourth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

A trio of seeded players managed to avoid the upset bug. Alexandra Cadantu, the No. 5 seed, outlasted Ekaterina Bychkova 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, No. 6 seed Bojana Jovanovski got past Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 and eighth-seeded Galina Voskoboeva beat Vesna Dolonc 3-6, 6-1, 6-0.

Other first-round winners Tuesday were Anna Chakvetadze, Irina-Camelia Begu, Misaki Doi, Vitalia Diatchenko, Eleni Daniilidou and Eva Birnerova.

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