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Li Na advances, Errani withdraws in China

Sept. 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM   |   Comments

BEIJING, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- China's Li Na advanced and French Open runner-up Sara Errani was forced to withdraw in first-round play Sunday at the Beijing Open.

Li, seeded seventh in her home country, moved on with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over an unseeded Italian Francesca Schiavone.

Both Li and Schiavone are former French Open winners.

Meanwhile, No. 6 seed Errani -- this year's second-place finisher in Paris -- was leading fellow Italian Camila Giorgi 5-4 in the first set when she retired with a thigh injury.

Among the other Day 2 winners were ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, who dispatched Serbian qualifier Bojana Jovanovski 6-3, 6-3, and 18-year-old British qualifier Laura Robson, who dumped Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, 6-4, 6-4.

Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic also moved on, besting Germany's Andrea Petkovic, 6-2, 6-4.

Seeded players taking a tumble included No. 13 Maria Kirilenko, No. 15 Roberta Vinci and 16th-seeded Lucie Safarova.

Those advancing to the second round Sunday included Julia Goerges of Germany, China's Peng Shuai, Russian Elena Vesnina and Ayumi Morita of Japan.

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