OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Fifth-placed Darya Kasatkina defeated 2021 US Open champion Emma Radukanu 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Agel Open.
Kasatkina was playing her first match since losing the first round of the US Open and she will face Ekaterina Aleksandrova in her next match.
Sixth-placed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland rallied to eliminate former top-five player Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-7(7), 6-1, while Aleksandra Sasnovich upset eighth-placed Jelena Ostapenko, 6-2, 6-2.
American qualifiers Alicia Parks and Katherine McNally moved forward. Parks beat Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 7-6 (3) and McNally edged Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-2 at an indoor court in Ostrava, in the east of the Czech Republic.