Taipei City finalist Kateryna Kozlova opens main draw action on the first day of the Hungarian Ladies Open, while veterans Roberta Vinci and Patty Schnyder bid to come through qualifying.
Alex Macpherson
February 19, 2018

KÖRMÖCZY COURT (starts 11am)
Qualifying - [5] Vera LAPKO (BLR) vs Roberta VINCI (ITA) 
Qualifying - Georgina GARCIA PEREZ (ESP) vs [12] Patty SCHNYDER (SUI) 

Not before 12.30pm
Mona BARTHEL (GER) vs Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) 
[WC] Antonia LOTTNER (GER) vs Petra MARTIC (CRO) 

Not before 2.30pm

TEMESVÁRI COURT (starts 11am)
Qualifying - Jasmine PAOLINI (ITA) vs [8] Arina RODIONOVA (AUS) 
Qualifying - Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) vs [10] Magdalena FRECH (POL) 
Qualifying - [3] Viktoria KUZMOVA (SVK) vs Ysaline BONAVENTURE (BEL) 
Qualifying - [2] Jana CEPELOVA (SVK) vs Tamara KORPATSCH (GER) 

Not before 2.30pm
[3] Natela DZALAMIDZE (RUS) / Oksana KALASHNIKOVA (GEO) vs HAN Xinyun (CHN) / Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO) 
[1] Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL) / Johanna LARSSON (SWE) vs Cornelia LISTER (SWE) / Yana SIZIKOVA (RUS)

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Taipei City runner-up Kateryna Kozlova will seek to maintain her unbeaten record against Mona Barthel today. The Ukrainian has won both of their previous encounters in straight sets, in Doha qualifying in 2015 and in the second round of Bastad last year.

2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki, who moved back into the Top 200 following a semifinal showing in Taipei City, has split her two previous meetings with Pauline Parmentier, both on clay in France. The Frenchwoman triumphed 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of Strasbourg in 2012, but Lisicki gained revenge in the first round of Fed Cup competition in 2013, 7-5, 7-5.

The first-round match between Alison Van Uytvanck and Océane Dodin pits the last two Québec City champions against each other. A battle between players with a strong affinity for fast indoor courts, it's appropriate that their only previous meeting came on indoor hard courts: Dodin triumphed 6-2, 6-4 en route to her 2016 Québec City title in the quarterfinals.

The final qualifying round involves a mix of veterans and youngsters seeking to break through. 35-year-old Roberta Vinci, winner in Budapest in 2011 (when it was played on clay), takes on 19-year-old Vera Lapko, the 2016 Australian Open girls' champion seeking to qualify for her fourth WTA main draw and first since Moscow last year. 39-year-old Patty Schnyder will bid to navigate qualifying for the first time since returning to competition in 2015 against Georgina Garcia Perez, who is seeking to make her WTA main draw debut.

19-year-olds Anna Blinkova and Viktoria Kuzmova will seek to maintain unbeaten records in WTA qualifying rounds this year against Magdalena Frech and Ysaline Bonaventure respectively. The Russian has successfully come through the preliminary rounds in all four tournaments she has played in 2018, while the Slovak has navigated qualifying in three events so far.