Safarova, Rybarikova ousted in D.C.
07/28/2014 4:50 PM
07/29/2014 4:27 PM
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed Lucie Safarova and two-time defending champion Magdalena Rybarikova both came up first-round losers Tuesday at the Citi Open, a U.S. Open Series tennis event.
France's Kristina Mladenovic upended the Wimbledon semifinalist Safarova, of the Czech Republic, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, while the Slovakian Rybarikova succumbed to second-seeded Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 52 minutes on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.
Rybarikova beat German Andrea Petkovic in last year's finale to capture a second straight title in the U.S. capital.
Also on Day 2, New Zealand's Marina Erakovic overcame Czech Kristyna Pliskova 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The 2014 D.C. champion will claim $43,000.
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