World no.5 Petra Kvitova entered the China Open 2012 with a very convincing win over Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, dismissing her in straight sets 6-2 6-3.
The first break of the match came in the fifth game of the first set as the Czech took Hantuchova’s serve, going 3-2 up. Not only did Kvitova capture the following three games to give herself a one set lead in today’s first round encounter, but she raced to a quick 3-0 lead in the second set. Hantuchova threatened to come back into the set after winning two consecutive games, but this didn’t put Kvitova off balance as her groundstokes proved to be just a bit too much for the Slovak player, with unforced errors starting to creep into Hantuchova’s game. There was no way back for her and the 4th seeded Czech advanced into the second round in Beijing.
Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan advanced to the next round after her opponent Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia was forced to retire due to injury when trailing 6-4 4-1.
In other first round matches, American Varvara Lepchenko eliminated Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-5 6-4, Romina Oprandi of Switzerland outsted Polish Urszula Radwanska 7-5 6-2 and Austrian Tamira Paszek booked herself a second round ticket with a 7-5 0-6 7-6 (6) victory over Belarusian Olga Govortsova.
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