WTA Monterrey Open: Top seed Flavia Pennetta falls to Kimiko Date-Krumm
Top seed Flavia Pennetta was sent crashing out of the Monterrey Open at the hands of veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Last Updated: 01/04/14 8:06am
The 32-year-old Italian was unable to get the better of her opponent 11 years her senior and succumbed to a 7-5 6-2 loss in in opening round.
World No 12 Pennetta, a recent BNP Paribas Open winner in Indian Wells, was outmanoeuvred and outworked by the Japanese player.
Meanwhile, British No 2 Johanna Konta was defeated 6-4 6-2 to rising French star Kristina Mladenovic at the tournament in north east Mexico.
Seventh seed Karin Knapp went out 6-3 6-4 by Jovana Jaksic but Timea Babos was a 6-1 6-2 winner over Ximena Hermoso.
Croatian teenager Donna Vekic survived a late rally from Garbine Muguruza to ride out a 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/2) victory.
Karolina Pliskova beat Shahar Peer 6-3 6-3 and American Nicole Gibbs won her match against Andrea Hlavackova 6-3 6-4.
There were also wins in the first round for America's Allie Kiick, who beat Tadeja Majeric 6-4 6-3, and Ayumi Morita.
The Japanese No 2 needed three sets to oust Monica Niculescu 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-1).