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
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.
The Sports Network