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Top-seeded Safarova loses to Mladenovic in 1st round of Citi Open

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WASHINGTON - Top-seeded Lucie Safarova lost to Kristina Mladenovic of France in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday.

Mladenovic came back for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against the Wimbledon semifinalist. She will face American qualifier Taylor Townsend in the second round.

On the men's side, Seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and No. 11 seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan reached the third round with straight-set victories. Anderson defeated Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 6-4, and Istomin eliminated Australia's Bernard Tomic 6-4, 7-6 (6).

American Jack Sock beat Michael Berrer of Germany 7-6 (2), 6-4. He grabbed control by breaking Berrer in the first game of the second set.

Next up for Sock is a Wednesday match against No. 2 seed Milos Raonic, who had a bye in the first round.

Sam Querrey beat American compatriot Michael Russell 6-4, 6-3, and Steve Johnson eliminated Australia's James Duckworth with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win.

Fourteenth-seeded Leyton Hewitt defeated fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the third round where the 2004 champion will meet the winner of the Sock-Raonic match.

There will be a new titlist in the women's tournament after No. 2 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory against two-time defending champion Magadalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Rybarikova had won her last 10 matches in the tournament.

Christina McHale upset fourth-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in an opening round match on a side court that drew a standing-room only crowd to go along with fans lined up outside a perimeter fence.

It was the first meeting on the WTA tour between the two Americans, although there was a level of familiarity.

"Playing someone I've grown up with and played against a lot, that's tough playing someone like that," said Stephens, 21.

The 22-year-old McHale will play another American — Vania King — in the second round.

"I don't think Sloane played her best in the third set so I just stayed focused," McHale said.

No. 5 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova moved into the second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over France's Virginie Razzano. Pavlyuchenkova next faces Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata.

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