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Defending champ Melanie Oudin bounced at Aegon Classic

June 10, 2013 at 7:11 PM   |   Comments

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Defending champ Melanie Oudin earned an early exit Monday at the Aegon Classic, falling in straight sets on Day 1 of the grass-court event.

The American, who bested former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in last year's Birmingham finale, was bounced 6-3, 6-1 by Croatian qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the Wimbledon tuneup.

The news was better for world No. 42 Jamie Hampton of the United States, however, who advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 upset of 10th-seeded Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh at Edgbaston Priory Club.

Another seeded player falling by the wayside Monday was No. 11 Ayumi Morita of Japan, who fell 6-4, 6-0 to Belgian qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck.

Meanwhile, No. 13 Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia got past Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, and 16th-seeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova breezed by British wild card Melanie South 6-4, 6-2.

American Madison Keys, Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, Czech Kristyna Pliskova and U.S. qualifier Alison Riske also posted wins.

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