Tennis - Flipkens advances, Buyukakcay out at Tashkent Open
Second-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium saved 12 of 14 break points and beat Ana Bodgan of Romania 7-6 (7), 6-3 yesterday in the first round of the Tashkent Open. Flipkens is the highest ranked player in the tournament after top-seeded Johanna Larsson withdrew with an illness before main-draw play began. The Belgian will face Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the second round. Thirdseeded Cayla Buyukakcay of Turkey was eliminated in the first round, losing 6-1, 6-4 to lucky loser Sofia Shapatava of Georgia. Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy defeated seventh-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania 7-5, 6-2. Other first-round winners included Britain’s Naomi Broady and Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.