facebook
twitter
search
search

Li claims easy second-round China Open win

Oct. 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM
| License Photo

BEIJING, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Local favorite Li Na dropped just one game Tuesday in posting a second-round win at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing.

Li, the No. 4 seed, easily handled Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-1 in 53 minutes. Jovanovski had won 14 of her last 15 matches, picking up a pair of WTA titles in the process.

But Li dropped only six points on serve and was 6-for-6 in break opportunities to gain a spot in the third round. She ended up winning 69 percent of the points in the match.

World No. 1 Serena Williams also advanced in straight sets but in a much more difficult match, beating Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-5 in 1 hour, 47 minutes. Williams notched the only break of the first set but needed three breaks in the second as Schiavone was 2-of-7 in break chances in the set.

No. 6-seeded Carolina Wozniacki came out a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Monica Niculescu as she had six breaks in Niculescu's eight games serving and Angelique Kerber, seeded seventh, raced past Laura Robson 6-1, 6-2.

Ninth-seeded Petra Kvitova got by Varvara Lepchenko 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 while 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci outlasted Zhang Shuai 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Sloane Stephens, the 11th seed, took a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 decision from Eugenie Bouchard; No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro beat Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-2; and 13th-seeded Sabine Lisicki ousted Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2.

Maria Kirilenko defeated Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-4 in the only match Tuesday between unseeded players. Kirilenko earned a third-round match against Serena Williams with the win.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback