Ekaterina Makarova (pictured) leveled the unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1.
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) -
Top seed Lucie Safarova and two-time defending champion Magdalena Rybarikova both came up first-round losers Tuesday at the Citi Open, a U.S. Open Series tennis event.
France's Kristina Mladenovic upended the Wimbledon semifinalist Safarova, of the Czech Republic, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, while the Slovakian Rybarikova succumbed to second-seeded Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 52 minutes on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.
Rybarikova beat German Andrea Petkovic in last year's finale to capture a second straight title in the U.S. capital.