Hingis among early winners at China Open

Sept. 18, 2007 at 12:35 PM

BEIJING, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Martina Hingis and No. 6 Agnes Szavay both collected first-round wins Tuesday in the $600,000 China Open hard-court tennis tournament.

Hingis rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tiantian Sun while Szavay was a 7-5, 6-3 winner over Marina Erakovic.

In other matches Tuesday, eight-seeded Eleni Daniilidou swept past Olga Govortsova but No. 7 Anabel Medina Garrigues fell, 6-4, 6-4, to Akiko Morigami. Also, Shuai Peng knocked out Yi-Fan Xu, 6-1, 6-4, and Abigail Spears topped Zi Yan, 7-5, 6-3.

Spear's second-round opponent is top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, who helped Russia to the Federation Cup title last weekend. Kuznetsova is the defending China Open champion.

Kuznetsova, second-seeded Jelena Jankovic; No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo and fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva were given first-round byes and begin their tournament play Wednesday.

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