Top-seeded Beck advances to 2nd round at Tashkent Open

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Top-seeded Annika Beck of Germany reached the second round of the Tashkent Open on Tuesday, defeating Russia's Elizaveta Kulichkova 6-3, 6-1.

Beck faced 11 break points against Kulichkova, but lost serve only once, in the second set.

Beck next plays Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, who breezed past Uzbekistani qualifier Sabina Sharipova 6-2, 6-1.

Also Tuesday, seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko lost in the first round 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski.

Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan beat eighth-seeded Andreea Mitu of Romania 7-5, 6-3.

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