Bencic starts with battling win as Konta goes out in St Petersburg

Belinda Bencic starts with battling win as Johanna Konta goes out in St Petersburg

Belinda Bencic starts with battling win as Johanna Konta goes out in St Petersburg

She picked to miss out on Great Britain's Fed Cup play-off versus Slovakia, rather taking a wild card right into the WTA event in Russian Federation, where she got a first-round bye as the 4th seed.

Wang Qiang, having already played her first-round match, defeated Katarzyna Kawa 6-3 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals, where she will meet Leonie Kung, who was a 6-3 6-1 victor over seventh seed Zhu Lin.

A run of five successive games lost at the end of the first set and start of the second proved decisive against Dodin, with Konta unable to take two chances to break back in the final game.

Elsewhere in the draw, Elena Rybakina beat Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-4 in one hr and also 19 mins and also she will certainly be Dodin's following challenger. She earned the only service break of the second set in the seventh game and finished the win in one hour, 44 minutes.

No. 1 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine breezed into the second round in Hua Hin with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands in 79 minutes.

Zhu was the only seed to fall as Zheng Saisai and Nao Hibino also moved into the last eight, while Magda Linette won her first-round contest against Kateryna Bondarenko in straight sets to mark her 28th birthday in style.

Meanwhile, Australia's runner-up Garbine Muguruza has joined the field next week for the Dubai Tax Free Tennis Championship.

However, not all are positive news before the tournament, two key players have been forced to retire due to an injury; Bianca Andreescu and Ashleigh Barty.

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