Qualifier Yurika Sema of Japan caused the first major upset by sidelining fifth seed Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine in the opening round of the Sony Ericsson International Bangalore Open tennis tournament which began in Bangalore on Tuesday.
The 237 ranked Japanese clinched the affair 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the prize money USD 175,000 WTA event at the KSLTA Signature Kingfisher Tennis Center.
One of the 21 debutants in the main draw in Bangalore, 20-year-old Sema dropped the first set to Fedak, who had lost in the quarter-finals to the eventual winner Italian Mara Santangelo in Bangalore last year.
Fedak, ranked 75th, failed to counter Sema once she changed gears in the next two sets.
Sema said she was in good form at present and feeling great after the win.
"I have been playing good for the last few days. In the first round of the qualifying matches, I got a bye. In the following games, I played well and made it to the main draw. Winning this match against Fedak feels great," she said.
Sema will tomorrow take on Ukraine's 115th ranked Julia Beygelzimer, who is a baseliner and won the European Junior Championships in 2000.
The action in Bangalore started one day late due to a state-wide Cauvery Bandh on Monday.
India's 18-year-old wild card entry Tara Iyer, ranked 550, lost in straight sets 0-6, 2-6 to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.