Last year’s Baku Cup runner up, the Russian Ksenia Pervak, had to retire in her match against Julia Cohen of the United States when Cohen led 6-4 3-6 3-2. The tournament’s number seven seed, Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, lost to Olga Puchkova of Russia, 6-3 7-6, with the tight tie break going the distance and ending at 12-10. The match lasted just short of two hours. Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic, the number eight seed, was steamrollered by Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1 6-1 in just one hour on court.
On a positive note, the seeds who are through to the second round are the second seed Aleksandra Panova of Russia, who saw off the Australian qualifier, Sasha Jones 7-5 7-6, with the tie break set going to 7-5. This was a nail biting encounter which lasted two and a quarter hours fifth seed Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia, who overcame Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in a see saw match which ended with the scoreboard reading 6-3 2-6 6-3; and Nina Bratchikova, seeded 6, who had a much easier time against Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria 6-2 6-4.