Anna Blinkova overcame a fatigued Coco Gauff as the American teenager was unable to back up her Linz triumph at the Luxembourg Open.

Gauff claimed the first WTA title of her fledgling career in Austria last week but was clinically dispatched by Russian Blinkova 6-4 6-0 on Wednesday.

The beaten 15-year-old American complained of feeling tired as she was swept aside in the second set and found Blinkova in uncompromising mood.

World number 66 Blinkova made only five unforced errors and hit 18 winners in her first-round victory.

Defending champion Julia Goerges saw off 2015 winner Misaki Doi in a gruelling three-set battle, the second seed coming back to triumph 5-7 6-1 6-3 to reach round two.

Wednesday brought a more straightforward outing for third seed Elena Rybakina, who breezed past Denisa Allertova 6-2 6-1 to earn a quarter-final place.

Jelena Ostapenko beat Caty McNally in straight sets and will meet top seed Elise Mertens in the last-16, while there were second-round wins for Margarita Gasparyan and Laura Siegemund.

At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Belinda Bencic pulled off a stunning comeback to beat Polona Hercog 1-6 6-3 6-4 and book a quarter-final place.

As well as being blown away in the opening set, number three seed Bencic found herself 3-0 down in the decider before shifting through the gears to win six of the last seven games.

Bencic will next tackle Kirsten Flipkens, who bested fifth seed Dayana Yastremska 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Ekaterina Alexandrova had too much for fellow Russian Anna Kalinskaya, thrashing her compatriot 6-1 6-1 before their home crowd. Karolina Muchova, who stormed past fourth seed Donna Vekic 6-4 6-2, will be Alexandrova's last-eight opponent.

Andrea Petkovic cruised into the second round of the Linz Open with a crushing defeat of Jil Teichmann and Coco Gauff failed to qualify on Monday.

Petkovic has twice reached the semi-finals of the tournament in Austria and moved into round two with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Teichmann.

The experienced German knocked Teichmann out in the first round of the China Open last week and took just 68 minutes to send the Swiss packing once again.

Teenage prodigy Gauff will not feature in the main draw after she was beaten 6-4 6-2 by Petkovic's compatriot Tamara Korpatsch in qualifying.

Viktoria Kuzmova eased to a 6-4 6-2 victory over Julia Grabher, while Anna Blinkova fell to a 6-1 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-5) first-round defeat to Kateryna Kozlova on day one.

Kristyna Pliskova made serene progress into the Tashkent Open semi-finals as the 2016 champion beat top seed Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets.

Fifth seed Pliskova broke in Kuzmova's first service game en route to a 3-0 lead and won five successive games in the second set, eventually converting match point at the third time of asking to clinch a 6-3 6-4 success.

Pliskova, whose only previous singles title on the tour came at this event in 2016, now faces Alison Van Uytvanck in the semi-finals after the Belgian breezed past Pauline Parmentier 6-2 6-4.

Sorana Cirstea outlasted Danka Kovinic 7-5 5-7 6-1 in just under two and a half hours and her next opponent is Katarina Zavatska, who only dropped two games in ousting Anna Kalinskaya.

Tashkent Open top seed Viktoria Kuzmova overcame a stern challenge from Francesa Di Lorenzo in her first-round tie on Monday.

World number 56 Kuzmova was forced to a tie-break in the first set, finally overcoming Di Lorenzo 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 when she broke the American before serving out the next point to take the lead.

Di Lorenzo, ranked 85 places lower than the favourite, forced a break at the start of the second set, but could not hold her nerve as her opponent rallied to win five games in a row, securing passage to round two with her third match point.

Greet Minnen will be Kuzmova's rival in the round of 16, after she overcame Kateryna Bondarenko, while Alison Van Uytvanck dispatched qualifier Liudmila Samsonova 6-0 6-1.

Meanwhile, Jelena Ostapenko - French Open champion in 2017 - was forced to retire hurt from her meeting with Katarina Zavatska.

Defending champion Margarita Gasparyan is in action on Tuesday against Stefanie Voegele. If victorious, she will go up against Danka Kovinic, who beat wildcard Sabina Sharipova 6-0 5-7 6-2.

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