Elena Baltacha beaten by Varvara Lepchenko in Barcelona

Elena Baltacha
Baltacha was outplayed in the second and third sets

Elena Baltacha has been knocked out of the Barcelona Open after a 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 2-6 defeat by Varvara Lepchenko.

The British number one took the first set on a tie-break, after both players had broken each other twice.

The American hit back and dominated the second set as Baltacha's first serve began to fail her.

Lepchenko was 5-1 ahead in the final set and serving for the match but was broken, before breaking the Briton to seal the first-round win.

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