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Monica Niculescu upset

Updated: September 11, 2012, 3:36 PM ET
Associated Press

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Top-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania was knocked out in the first round of the Tashkent Open on Tuesday, falling 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 to 135th-ranked Karin Knapp of Italy.

Niculescu, who also lost in the first round of the U.S. Open, looked in control after the first set but was broken in the eighth game of the second. She then lost the final three games of the decider.

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