Only four Chinese players made it to the main draw of the China Open being played in Beijing this week – 4th seed Na Li (Player Profile), 37th ranked Shuai Peng and wild cards 54th ranked Jie Zheng and 66th ranked Shuai Zhang. In the first round Zheng lost to 7-5 6-2 to Maria Kirilenko, Zhang beat Peng 6-3 6-3 and Li defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-0 6-4. In the night match on Tuesday, Li carried the home fans’ hopes into the third round when she took out 39th ranked Serb Bojana Jovanovski (Player Profile), who won the small Ningbo tournament last week. The final score of 6-0 6-1 in fifty three minutes tells the whole story of this match – and after Li’s 6-0 4-0 lead in her match against Hantuchova before closing out the second set at 6-4 – shows that Li is in fine form.
There were three seeds who were taken to three sets in the second round – numbers 9 Petra Kvitova (Player Profile), 10 Roberta Vinci (Player Profile) and 11 Sloane Stephens (Player Profile). Kvitova had a bye in the first round then dropped the first set in another of her unbalanced matches when she beat Varvara Lepchenko 2-6 6-2 6-0. Vinci won her first round match in easy straights then beat Zhang 3-6 6-3 6-1 in an hour and three quarters. Stephens took the same time to beat the Canadian qualifier, Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6 6-4.
Seeds Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Sara Errani, Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki and Carla Suarez Navarro also progressed to the third round in straight sets.