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Jana Fett beats top seed Kristina Mladenovic in Japan Women's Open first round

Fett beats top seed Mladenovic in Japan Women's Open first round
By PA Sport

13/09/2017 at 16:35Updated 13/09/2017 at 17:22

Qualifier Jana Fett shocked top seed Kristina Mladenovic in the opening round of the Japan Women's Open in Tokyo.

The 20-year-old Croatian's 6-4 6-3 triumph was the best win of her career and continued Mladenovic's miserable run after a brilliant first half of the season.

The Frenchwoman, ranked 15, has lost her last six matches, dating back to the Citi Open in Washington at the start of August.

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Sam Stosur returned to the tour for the first time since the French Open after recovering from stress fractures in her right hand but was beaten 3-6 7-5 6-1 by Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Three more seeds also fell, with Kristyna Pliskova beaten 7-5 6-3 by Miyu Kato, Naomi Osaka upset by her Japanese compatriot Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-0 and Alison Riske losing 6-3 6-4 to Aleksandra Krunic.

But second seed Zhang Shuai was a 6-3 6-3 winner over Richel Hogenkamp and third seed Elise Mertens beat Magda Linette 6-1 7-5.

Defending champion Christina McHale began her campaign with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Danka Kovinic while eighth seed Yulia Putintseva battled to a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win against Duan Ying-Ying.