It wasn't that long ago that writing about an upset of Mona Barthel wouldn't have been a reality, but because of the German player's rapid rise, it now is. Barthel was defeated 6-3, 7-6 by Alexandra Panova in Strasbourg today in the first round. Barthel was seeded 5th at the tournament, and Panova is a qualifier.
Also of note today in Strasbourg was the retirement of Maria Kirilenko, who injured her right ankle. And yesterday, wild card and top seed Sabine Lisicki was beaten in straight sets by Pauline Parmentier.
In Brussels first round play today, Chanelle Scheepers beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sofia Arvidsson defeated Peng Shuai, and qualifier Arantxa Rus defeated Zheng Jie. Yesterday, Jelena Jankovic lost in three sets to Simona Halep.