Flipkens beats Bencic to advance at Connecticut Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Belgian Kirsten Flipkens added to an already memorable summer Tuesday, beating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the opening round of the Connecticut Open.
Flipkens, who upset Venus Williams at the Olympics, had lost in the second round of qualifying in New Haven. But, she was moved into the main draw after Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko withdrew from the tournament earlier in the day with a right knee injury.
Flipkins, ranked 68th, became the fourth lucky loser to advance in the tournament.
Earlier Tuesday, Johanna Larsson of Sweden beat seventh-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2.
The 28-year-old got into the main draw when Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrew with a shoulder injury.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia became the first player to advance to the third round. The Olympic gold medalist in doubles beat qualifier Anatasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-2.