Belgian outsider Greet Minnen began the Upper Austria Ladies event with an upset on Monday, knocking out third seed Dayana Yastremska, 6-4, 6-3.
The first-round shocker headlined a slow opening day at the indoor tournament which was won last October by American uber-teen Coco Gauff.
The WTA No. 47 is not back to defend her title, since temporary COVID ranking rules allow players to only count the better of two appearances at any given event due to the virus chaos which has infected and shortened the season.
Minnen, ranked a distant 110th, had lost in the first round in seven of her eight matches played this disrupted season before her Austrian performance.
“It’s one of my biggest wins of the year,” the 23-year-old Belgian said. “It wasn’t expected because I haven’t been playing well the last few weeks, since the coronavirus stopped the season.
“When we resumed it was pretty rough for me and I didn’t win a lot of matches. I’m just happy I found my game again, and I’m winning matches.”
Minnen was one of the last players into the main draw at a tournament hit by a wave of player defections
“I came to Linz on Thursday evening, and was two out of the main draw, so I got lucky to get in and have a few extra days to fight the jet lag,” she said after arriving from lower-level events across the Atlantic.
Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova restored order for seeds on opening day at the TipsArena, with the No. 3 defeating Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-4.
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