Tashkent, Uzbekistan – The 2011 Tashkent Open lost its second seed on Monday when Bojana Jovanovski went by way of the upset at the $220,000 tennis event.
Sorana Cirstea leveled the 19-year-old Serbian Jovanovski 6-3, 6-1 on the hardcourts at Olympic Tennis School. The Romanian Cirstea captured this post- U.S. Open tournament in 2008.
Two other seeds avoided Day-1 upsets, as No. 4 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia topped Ukrainian Mariya Koryttseva 6-0, 7-6 (7-1) and No. 7 Russian Evgeniya Rodina held off France's Iryna Bremond 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
Additional opening-round wins came for Russians Valeria Savinykh and Vitalia Diatchenko and Japan's Misaki Doi.
This week's top seed is Russian Ksenia Pervak, while the defending champion is Alla Kudryavtseva, who bested Elena Vesnina in last year's all-Russian Tashkent finale. Kudryavtseva is seeded sixth this week.
The newest champion here will collect $37,000.