Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus caused a big upset by ousting fifth seed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia in the first round of the $175,000 WTA Sunfeast Open in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Tatiana breezed past Alla 6-3 6-3 after a 90-minute one-sided tie and would now meet the winner of the match between Ajberta Brianti of Italy and Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in the pre-quarterfinal.
In another match, Anastasia Rodionova of Russia raced to an effortless 6-4 6-2 win over Hana Sromova of Czechek Republic at the sparsely attended Netaji Indoor stadium.
The tournament's injury blues continued as Edina Gallovits of Romania was forced to concede her tie against Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan following a left thigh sprain she sustained during the match.
After losing the first set 2-6, Edina called it quits before the start of second.
Rodlonova will meet the victor of the match between second seed Daniela Hontuchova of Slovakia and Marta Domachowska of Poland, while Amanmuradova will take on the winner of the tie between Flavio Penetta of Italy and Indian wild card entry Tara Iyer for slots in the last eight.