Meanwhile, it was an unfortunate turn of events for 2009 BNP Paribas Open champion Vera Zvonareva as the former World No.2 retired while trailing Christina McHale of the United States, 6-0, 2-0. Zvonareva has pulled her post-motherhood ranking all the way up to World No.80 and was seeded fourth in the qualifying draw.
Australia’s Priscilla Hon, who ousted No.1 seed Anastasia Potapova in the opening round, knocked off another seeded Russian on Tuesday, No.13 seed Veronika Kudermetova, 6-4, 6-2. Another Russian fell when No.9 seed Zhu Lin of China outlasted No.15 seed Anna Blinkova, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, after two hours and 40 minutes of play.
It was only Natalia Vikhlyantseva who flew the flag for Russia in the winner’s column on Tuesday. The No.17 seed moved past No.5 seed Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia, 7-6(2), 6-1.
In other final-round qualifying results, No.10 seed Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan defeated American Nicole Gibbs, 7-6(4), 7-5, Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium overcame Poland’s Iga Swiatek, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, and No.20 seed Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine upset the No.2 seed, Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, 6-1, 7-6(6).