Lucky Loser Sofia Shapatava of Georgia and former world no 4 Francesca Schiavone of Italy crafted first upsets as they knocked out third seeded Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey and seventh seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the opening round of the 18th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the Olympic tennis School in Tashkent.
In the first round Georgian Shapatava who made it to the event as a lucky loser with Johanna Larsson pulling out took 1 hour and 10 minutes to upset a poor serving third seeded Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey 6/1 6/4.
2010 Rolland Garros winner and 36 year old , Francesca Schiavone used her experience and one handed backhand effectively to upset seventh seeded and 2008 edition winner here Sorana Cirstea of Romania 7/5 6/2 in 1 hour and 12 minutes
Amongst the other seeds in action second seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium came of a rough first set to out rally Romanian Ana Bogdan 7/6(7) 6/3 in 1 hour and 40 mins , sixth seeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine fresh from her triumph in Guangzhou showed the same form to dispose off Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6/0 6/2 in just under a hour , while eighth seeded Brit Naomi Broady took 1 hour and 24 minutes to register a 6/4 7/5 win over Swiss Amra Sadikovic .
In other matches Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova made full use of the 12 double faults served by her opponent and runners up last year Donna Vekic of Croatia to set up a 6/1 7/6(3) win and move into the round of sixteen.
27 year old Sofia Shapatava currently ranked 206 proved truly lucky coming into the main draw as a lucky loser to score a 6-1,6-4 win in 1 hour and 10 minutes over third seeded and 69th ranked Cagla Buyukakcay . Shapatava broke Cagla who served poorly in the match in the 9th game of the second set and hold her 10th service game and record a win and move into round two .
" Tashkent open is Lucky for me , It was also my first ever WTA event in 2008 as I got a special exempt to play here . I had a ticket to leave yesterday but I cancelled it as I got the lucky loser spot and now I won the first round", said Shapatava . I was very comfortable , Cagla is tactical player and I had to take my chances , she added .
" It was just not my day , I did not feel the ball . There are some days when things dont work for you , I was missing real close today " said the third seed Cagla who served 8 double faults in the match.
Former world no 4 and currently ranked 102 Francesca Schiavone of Italy took hour and 12 minutes to register a 7/5 6/2 win over former title winner here and seventh seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania.
Schiavone used all her experience and one handed back hand to perfection to script a win . Schiavone broke Sorana in the 11th game of the first set and then in the 3rd and the 7th games of the second set to move into round two .
Schiavone who finished finalist at Tashkent in 2000 to local star Iroda Tulyagonova " said The match was tough one , Sorana is coming back ,I had to play good tactics and win every point , I played well and feel confident".
Following are the Detailed results Singles First Round
[LL] Sofia Shapatava (GEO) bt  Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 6/1 6/4
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) bt  Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 7/5 6/2
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) bt [WC] Donna Vekic (CRO) 6/1 7/6(3)
 Naomi Broady (GBR) bt Amra Sadikovic (SUI) 6/4 7/5
 Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) bt Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6/0 6/2
 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Ana Bogdan (ROU) 7/6(7) 6/3
Risa Ozaki (JPN) bt Elitsa Kostova (BUL) 3/6 6/4 6/1
Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) bt Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 4/6 6/4 6/3
[Q] Ipek Soylu (TUR) bt Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 6-0,6-2
Irina Khromacheva (RUS) bt [Q] Tereza Martincova (CZE) 4/6 6/3 6/3
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) bt Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 6/3 3/6 6/4
Doubles First Round
 Nicole Melichar (USA) / Varatchaya Wongteanchai (THA) vs Lenka Kuncikova (CZE) / Karolina Stuchla (CZE) 6/4 6/2
[WC] Polina Merenkova (UZB) / Dayana Yastremska (UKR) bt Nao Hibino (JPN) / Prarthana Thombare (IND) 4-6,6-3,10-8 Demi Schuurs (NED) / Renata Voracova (CZE) bt Alexandra Panova (RUS) / Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 3-2 conceded
Date of Birth: 10 May 1993
Height: 5’10” (1.79 m)
WTA Singles Ranking –51 (As of August 14, 2017)
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