Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, two days removed from winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open, rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 16th-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Monday in Wuhan, China.
Formerly the world's No. 1 player but currently ranked 22nd, Wozniacki earned her sixth win in a row.
"I felt surprisingly good on court today," she said. "I was expecting to be tired, maybe not have the right timing, since it's completely different conditions. But I played well and I was happy with getting a late match today. I got to sleep in, relax all day. Yeah, it was good."
Wozniacki also reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open this month after a run of poor results in the summer. She was slowed earlier this year by an ankle injury.
"I think in practice I've been able to play this way for a little while," she said. "Obviously after the injury it takes a little while to get back into it. I felt like at least a month, month and a half, I started playing really well in practice.
"It was the right timing for me at the U.S. Open that it kind of went my way there. Then Tokyo, obviously. Good first win today."
Three second-round matches were played. Fourth-seeded Simona Halep knocked off a fellow Romanian when Irina-Camelia Begu retired while trailing 6-3, 2-0. Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova topped Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-5 in a battle of Czech players, and seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain downed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-4, 6-3.
Two seeded Japanese players posted wins in the opening round of the
Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Open.
Fourth-seeded Nao Hibino beat Uzbek wild card Komola Umarova 6-3, 6-1, and fifth-seeded Kurumi Nara defeated Ukrainian wild card Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 6-2.
Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic, the ninth seeded, posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata.