Olga Danilovic won nine games in a row to beak Anna Kalinskaya 6-4 6-1 and set up the rematch against Anastasia Potapova in Tashkent. Danilovic started to make a name for herself, and not only as the daughter of the former NBA star Predrag, by beating close friend Potapova in the Moscow River Cup final.
Danilovic who stands tall, edging her close friend Potapova to become the first player born in 2001 and the first lucky loser in history with a WTA title. Danilovic went 4-2 down in the first set but she started to offer a flawless performance that left the Russian crying at the changeover in the beginning of the second set.
Danilovic is now projected to climb into the top 100 at No.95. Kateryna Kozlova won six of seven close games to produce a major upset as she defeated No.1 seed Irena-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-2 in just her fourth Top 100 win of the season.
The World No.119 took her maiden Top 30 of the season at Roland Garros when she made Jelena Ostapenko the sixth major title-holder to lose in the opening round of her title defense. Begu, who won her first WTA title here in 2012, won eight of the first nine points but she lost her focus when the umpire overruled a crosscourt winner from her opponent that helped Kozlova clinching the decisive break to seal the first set.
Begu lost any momentum in the second set and Kozlova could clinch a berth into the second round clash against Fiona Ferro. The Frenchwoman, bidding for her fifth WTA career main draw win, beat her at ITF level on clay at Olomouc earlier this season, but Kozlova avenged that defeat in Vancouver, in their most recent clash on hardcourt The No.2 seed Vera Lapko claimed the tenth WTA victory of the season as she got six breaks from six looks to dismiss 6-1 6-3 Bojana Jovanovski Petrovic, who played her first tour-level main draw match since the French Open first-round in 2016.
The Belarusian will meet for the first time Ivana Jorovic, who won one of her last five Top 100 clashes, bidding to reach the third tour-level quarter-finals of the season, after the semifinals showing in Lugano (lost to Elise Mertens 6-1 4-6 6-4), and the recent quarter-finals run in Guangzhou (beaten by Andrea Petkovic 6-2 7-6).
Arantxa Rus easily moved to the second round as well. The world No.109 in the world was too strong for the 16-year-old Ukrainian prospect Marta Kostyuk 6-4 6-3. Rus had to save a break point in her opening service game before taking control of the match as she broke to 2-1.
In the second, against an ailing opponent who needed a medical time-out, Rus cruised 5-2 up with two breaks in a row and easily closed the match. The Dutch will meet Dalila Jakupovic aiming for her first WTA quarter-final since Istanbul (as a qualifier, lost to Sakkari).
Rus, who lost to Serena Williams at Wimbledon and Dominika Cibulkova at Us Open in the first-round in her most recent Grand Slam appearances, has won just twice of her last 11 matches against a Top 100 player and trails 1-0 in their head to head.
Youth was not the answer for Tamara Zidansek, who made waves when she claimed the first Top 20 win over Daria Kasatkina and made her maiden tour semifinal in Moscow.
The Slovene lost 6-1 6-4 to Vera Zvonareva despite the Russian called a medical timeout at 4-3 in the second set for a left ankle issue. Zvonareva won 68% of second serve return points to set up a round-16 clash with Fanny Stollar, whom she beat in the Us Open second qualifying round last August.