Main draw play in the premier level WTA China Open 2012, one of the largest tournaments on the WTA calendar with a field of 64 players, began in Beijing on Saturday.
First of the seeds on court was Serbian Ana Invanovic, seeded eleven, who took on the young unseeded American, Christina McHale, currently ranked at 28. In a match that lasted less than one hour, Ivanovic blasted 8 aces to 2 double faults in an excellent serving display and taking all of three break points offered to her, for a speedy win 6-3 6-2.
Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan, ranked at 39, played the Chinese wild card, Saisai Zheng in her first round match and found little opposition from the less experienced Zheng. Although both players had pretty bad serve statistics, Hsieh won eight out of her break points, while Zheng only managed one out of seven. The match lasted an hour and a half, with Hsieh coming out victorious with a 6-2 6-3 win.
In one of the night matches, Austrian Tamira Paszek, ranked at 32, had a very up and down match against Olga Govortsova of Belarus, ranked at 54, with the Austrian winning a very tight first set 7-5. The whole landscape changed when Govortsova came out for the second set, which she won on the trot, 6-0 with nothing going right for Paszek. The third set was a ding dong battle which finally went into a tiebreaker, where Paszek had to save a match point before going on to take it 8-6. End result: 7-5 0-6 7-6 (6).