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Former top 20 players fall in qualifying

Daniela Hantuchova and Shahar Peer lose their opening qualifying matches
2 January 2016, by AAP

Former Brisbane International finalist Daniela Hantuchova was the biggest casualty on the first day of qualifying at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Friday.

The 32-year-old, a former Australian Open semifinalist, was beaten 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 by Belgium’s Ysaline Bonaventure as the race for the four spots in the women’s main draw began.

It was a glum start to the summer for the Slovakian ahead of this month’s opening grand slam of the year.

The 2012 Brisbane International champion Kaia Kanepi was more fortunate, winning her opening qualifying match on Friday against France’s Virginie Razzano 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-1.

Former top 20 player Shahar Peer was another casualty, losing 6-1, 6-1 to Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova.

Sara Tomic, the sister of leading Australian men’s player Bernard Tomic, went down 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to France’s Oceane Dodin.

Queenslander Kimberly Birrell is still a chance at earning one of the four qualifier spots in the main draw after she eliminated China’s Xinyun Han 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4 to set up a second-round match with American Samantha Crawford.

Fellow Australians Naiktha Bains and Tammi Patterson were both beaten in their matches.