Nadia Petrova’s great run to win in Tokyo last week was surprisingly brought to an abrupt and very fast end in the second round of the China Open on Tuesday. Up against Li Na against whom she had won their all six of their prior meetings, albeit not in the last four years, Petrova, who has a leg injury, simply had no answers to the home player’s strong play in front of a very partisan audience who cheered her on after every point. Li won very easily 6-2 6-1 in just one hour and twenty minutes on court. She will next meet her countrywoman Shuai Peng, who topped her in their last meeting, which ensures a Chinese player will be in the last eight.
The Serb Jelena Jankovic, who is not seeded in this tournament and who has really battled with her game this season, took on Monica Niculescu of Romania who is also unseeded, but who has been playing some good matches of late. This match up proved too difficult for Niculescu as Jankovic got into her stride from the get go and did not let her into the game, showing some of her former glory in winning 6-2 6-1 in an hour and a quarter. Jankovic will next face another unseeded player, the diminutive Spaniard Carla Suarex Navarro, conqueror of Petra Kvitova in the third round.
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