Quebec City, QC – Top-seeded and defending champion Kirsten Flipkens went by way of an opening-round upset Tuesday at the $235,000 Bell Challenge tennis tournament.
Slovenian Polona Hercog took out July's surprise Wimbledon semifinalist in 6-3, 6-1 fashion on the indoor carpet at Laval University.
The Belgian Flipkens beat Czech Lucie Hradecka in last year's finale in Quebec.
Third-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova, the 2009 Bell Challenge runner-up, avoided an upset by drilling Georgian Anna Tatishvili 6-3, 6-2, while 2011 champion Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, of the Czech Republic, handled Greek Eleni Daniilidou 6-3, 7-5 on Day 2.
In other first-round play, Kazakhstan's Sesil Karatantcheva topped Swiss fellow qualifier Amra Sadikovic 6-3, 6-4. French qualifier Julie Coin bested Portuguese Michelle Larcher de Brito 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, and Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni whipped Canada's Sharon Fichman 6-4, 6-0.
The 2013 Bell Challenge champion will earn $40,000.