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Sam Stosur out in first round in Stuttgart

Press Association logoPress Association 25/04/2017

Australian Samantha Stosur is out of the Tennis Grand Prix after a three-set first-round loss to Anastasija Sevastova in Stuttgart.

Stosur went down 6-1 4-6 6-3 on clay on Tuesday for her fourth first-round loss this year.

The 33-year-old endured a disastrous first set when she was broken three times by the Latvian.

She regained her composure to take the second before losing serve again in the penultimate game of the deciding set, winning fewer than half the points on her second serve during the match.

Also on Tuesday, Russia's Ekaterina Makarova stunned seventh seed Agnieszka Radwanska, with the world No.43 triumphing 6-2 6-4 against the Polish former Wimbledon finalist.

Makarova will play countrywoman Maria Sharapova in round two if the former world No.1 progresses as she makes a controversial return from a 15-month doping suspension.

Sharapova, a wild-card entry for the tournament, will face Italy's Roberta Vinci in the first round on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Barbora Strycova set up a second-round match against world No.5 Simona Halep by beating American Jennifer Brady 6-2 6-2.

Eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia defeated Holland's Kiki Bertens 6-3 5-7 6-3 and will next take on German wild card Laura Siegemund, who saw off China's Shuai Zhang 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

Estonian Anett Kontaveit beat Croatia's Ana Konjuh 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to book a second-round date with Spain's world No.6 Garbine Muguruza.

At the Istanbul Cup in Turkey, third seed Irina-Camelia Begu came from behind to defeat German Tatjana Maria 1-6 6-1 7-5.

Sorana Cirstea, who along with Begu helped Romania to a Fed Cup victory over Great Britain at the weekend, also advanced to round two. The fifth seed overcame Fiona Ferro of France 6-3 6-1.

Fourth seed Eugenie Bouchard was ousted, though, Slovakia's Jana Cepelova toppling the Canadian 6-0 6-4.

And Tsvetana Pironkova, the seventh seed from Bulgaria, was also knocked out, with home player Basak Eraydin prevailing 6-2 6-4.

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