Tennis- Fifth seed Madison Brengle and eighth seed Kateryna Bondarenka were knocked out in the first round but sixth seed Shuai Zhang and seventh seed Christina McHale were knocked out in the first round of the Japan Open Women's Tennis tournament in Tokyo.
World No.67 Brengle was the highest seeded player in action on the day as she took on World No.115 Jana Cepelova. In their only previous meeting Slovakian had won four years back in Montreal and once again she was victorious in straight 6-1, 6-4.
Sixth seed Shuai Zhang needed 3 sets to beat local wildcard Eri Hozumi 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3 and will wait for the winner of another Japanese Naomi Osaka and Estonia's Anett Kontaveit. Seventh seed Christina McHale also needed 3 sets as she defeated Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) in 2 hours 52 minutes, longest match of the day.
Another American Louisa Chirico also defeated another Ukrainian, eighth seed Kateryna Bondarenka in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. America's Alison Riske knocked out Japan's Nao Hibino in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 and could face another Japanese, top seed Misaki Doi, who will take on Aliaksandra Sasnovic of Belarus in first round. Fourth American to reach second round was Varvara Lepchenkova, who eased past Japanese wildcard Risa Ozaki in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. Only Japanese player to win on the day, was Kurumi Nara, who brushed aside Austria's Tamira Paszak in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 and will face the winner of third seed Yulia Putintseva and Greece's Maria Sakkari.
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