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Zakopalova joins exodus of seeds

Czech Klara Zakopalova became the latest seed to tumble out of the Hobart International.

The third-seeded Czech was beaten in the second round by Tsvetana Pironkova.

The Bulgarian battled back to claim a 3-6 6-4 6-2 win in one hour and 43 minutes, knocking out the only top-four seed left in the competition.

Zakopalova joined number one seed Hsieh Su-wei, Sorana Cirstea and Yaroslava Shvedova in making an early exit in Hobart.

Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens brushed aside Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 6-3 6-2 in less than an hour, while Australian wild card Jarmila Gajdosova beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3 6-1.

Romania's Monica Niculescu came from a set down to defeat China's Peng Shuai 3-6 6-4 6-4.