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© Reuters. WTA Premier – Nature Valley Basic

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Third seed Karolina Pliskova cruised into the second spherical of the Nature Valley Basic on Monday however Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina suffered shock first spherical upsets to unseeded gamers.

Czech Pliskova received 86% of her factors on her first serve and wanted solely two break factors to beat Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-Three 6-Four in a match that lasted simply 69 minutes.

Fifth seed Sabalenka of Belarus misplaced 6-Three 2-6 7-6(1) to Hsieh Su-wei after the Taiwanese got here from a break down at 4-2 within the remaining set to ultimately clinch victory within the tiebreak.

“It was not simple as a result of it is my first match on the grass court docket,” Hsieh stated. “I knew it was going to be actually powerful, so I simply obtained prepared for something to occur on the court docket.

“It is not simple as a result of you realize she will make any winner from anyplace — serve, return, baseline. She was slicing fairly good, I used to be shocked.”

Ukrainian fourth seed Svitolina misplaced 6-Three 3-6 6-Four to Margarita Gasparyan within the Russian’s second win over a high 10 participant in her profession. Svitolina did herself no favors with 5 double faults and 15 unforced errors within the first set alone.

Native favourite and French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta, seeded seventh, breezed into the second spherical with a 6-Four 6-2 victory over Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.

Prime seeds Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty are in motion on Tuesday towards Maria Sakkari and Donna Vekic respectively.

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