Top-seeded Beck advances to 2nd round at Tashkent Open

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Top-seeded Annika Beck of Germany reached the second round of the Tashkent Open on Tuesday, defeating Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia 6-3, 6-1.

Beck faced 11 break points against Kulichkova but lost serve only once, in the second set.

Beck next plays Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, who defeated Uzbek qualifier Sabina Sharipova 6-2, 6-1.

Three seeded players lost on the second day of the tournament, including third-seeded Polona Hercog of Slovenia, who was eliminated by Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-4, 3-6, 3-6.

Seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko lost in the first round to Bojana Jovanovski 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, while eighth-seeded Andreea Mitu of Romania lost to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3.

Fourth-seeded Johanna Larson of Sweden progressed by beating Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-3, while fifth-seeded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic reached the second round with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Polish qualifier Paula Kania.