Tennis- Top seed Sara Errani was beaten by the 2014 Champion Monica Puig in the first round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg whereas defending champion Samantha Stosur, eighth seed Timea Babos and Caroline Garcia also advanced into the second round.
Former World No.5 Errani had better ranking then Puig and in their last two meetings Errani had lost in straight sets. Eyeing a revenge, the Italian took the first set 6-4 but Puerto Rican turned the tables after that and took the next two sets 6-3, 6-1 to oust the top seed.
She will face French lucky loser Virginie Razzano, who knocked out Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Samantha Stosur was also able to beat the American qualifier Lauren Davis in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 for the third time in a row.
Stosur will play Su-Wei Hsieh for a place in the Quarterfinals, who eased past Chinese qualifier Xu Yifan in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. Eighth seed Timea Babos booked her place in the second round by beating Olga Govortsova in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
She will face Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni who needed 3 sets to beat China's Qiang Wang 6-2 2-6 6-1. 10th seed Caroline Garcia was also victorious, as she cruised past 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Great Britain's Heather Watson won the second set 6-0 after losing the first set 6-3 against Kateryna Bondarenko, but ended up on losing side after going down 6-1 in the third set. FULL RESULTS Pauline Parmentier (France) DEF Shuai Zhang (China) 7-6 (3) 6-1
(10) Caroline Garcia (France) DEF Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-1 6-2
Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine) DEF Heather Watson (Great Britain) 6-3 0-6 6-1
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) DEF Qiang Wang (China) 6-2 2-6 6-1
Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) DEF (1) Sara Errani (Italy) 4-6 6-3 6-1
(8) Timea Babos (Hungary) DEF Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-4 6-1
Virginie Razzano (France) DEF Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 6-3 6-3
(3) Samantha Stosur (Australia) DEF Lauren Davis (USA) 6-3 7-5
Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) DEF Shelby Rogers (USA) 3-6 6-4 6-4 NURNBERG RESULTS ON NEXT PAGE Also Read: WTA ROME- Serena Williams downs Madison Keys to win fourth title