PRAGUE — Third-seeded Elise Mertens was eliminated from the Prague Open after losing her first-round match to unseeded Magda Linette of Poland 3-6, 6-2, 2-6.
Linette beat her Belgian opponent for the first time after three losses.
She next faces Daria Snigur or Viktoriya Tomova in the second round of the outdoor hardcourt tournament.
Sixth-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck retired due to an injury when she was 5-2 down in her first-round match against Dalila Jakupovic. The Slovenian will play next Qiang Wang of China who rallied to beat Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Eighth-seeded Czech Marie Bouzkova, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, beat Austria’s Sinja Kraus 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Lin Zhu, Nao Hibino and Chloe Paquet also advanced.