Ekaterina Alexandrova (22nd, Russia) was eliminated in the second round of the singles at the Women’s Professional Tennis (WTA) Tour Hana Bank Korea Open (total prize money of $259,303).
Alexandrova lost 0-2 (3-6 6-7<6-8>) to Janina Wickmeyer (83rd place, Belgium) in the second round of the singles finals on the third day of the tournament held at the tennis court at Olympic Park in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 11th.
Alexandrova, who won the tournament last year, came out seeded third this year, but she fell in the round of 16.
As a result, the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th singles seeds of this tournament were all eliminated in the first and second rounds.
Second seed Yelena Ostapenko (13th place, Latvia) lost to Baek Da-yeon (569th place, NH Nonghyup Bank) 1-2 (6-3 1-6 6-7 <4-7>) in the first round the day before. 5th seed Sofia Kenin (30th place, USA) lost 0-2 (1-6 4-6) in the first round against Jang 토토사이트Soo-jeong (162nd place, Daegu City Hall).
Jessica Pegula (No. 4, USA), the top seed in the tournament, will face Ashlyn Kruger (No. 80, USA) in the second round on the 12th.
As former major champions Ostapenko and Kenin, who were expected to lead the success of this tournament, were eliminated in the first round, and defending champion Aleksandrova also packed up in the second round, the tournament organizers became increasingly worried about the box office success.
Sujeong Jang will play Emina Bektas (116th, USA) in the second round at 12 noon on the 12th, and Dayeon Baek will compete with Kimberly Burrell (102nd, Australia) to advance to the quarterfinals following Soojeong Jang’s match.
The pair of Soo-jeong Jang and Na-rae Han (Bucheon City Hall) were eliminated in the first round of doubles on the 11th, losing 1-2 (6-4 4-6 7-10) to the team of Bektas and Burrell.
Baek Da-yeon lost 0-2 (0-6 2-6) to Bethany Matic Sands (USA) and Marie Bozkova (Czech Republic) in the first round of doubles, where she was paired with Jeong Bo-young (NH Nonghyup Bank).
The only Korean players in the doubles quarterfinals are Jihee Choi (NH Nonghyup Bank) and Sohyun Park (Seongnam City Hall).
Wickmaier, who defeated Alexandrova on this day, will face Polina Kudermetova (170th place, Russia) in the quarterfinals.
Kudermetova is the younger sister of world number 17 Veronika Kudermetova.