Schmiedlova eliminated at Katowice Open

Defending champion Anna Karolina Schmiedlova has been eliminated from the first round of the WTA Katowice Open, losing to unseeded Pauline Parmentier of France 6-2 6-0.

Parmentier broke Schmiedlova five times and didn’t drop her serve and will next face Naomi Broady of Britain.

Also, seventh-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary edged lucky loser Jesika Maleckova 6-3 7-5 to advance.

In the second round, third-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia beat Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-4, and fifth-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy came from a set down to topple qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 4-6 6-2 6-4.

Giorgi will play ninth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who defeated Andreea Mitu of Romania 6-1 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia made the quarter-finals by beating Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia 6-2 7-5.

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