Oprandi Makes It 0-2, Kvitova & Ivanovic Win

While Agnieszka Radwanska fell in Tokyo, Romina Oprandi was beating Urszula Radwanska in Beijing.

Published September 29, 2012 12:00

Oprandi Makes It 0-2, Kvitova & Ivanovic Win
Romina Oprandi

BEIJING, China - The first round got underway at the China Open on Saturday, with Petra Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic cruising but Dominika Cibulkova succumbing to a hip injury and Yaroslava Shvedova.

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Ivanovic was the first of the three seeds to take the court at the Premier-level event, losing just 11 points in nine service games and never facing a break point - and converting all three of her break points - to beat Christina McHale, 63 62.

"The first thing I said to my coach was I thought that was the best service game I've ever had," Ivanovic said. "I wouldn't complain if I served like that more often.

"The last match I played in Tokyo I served terribly. It was probably the worst I've served in a very long time, so I was really determined to do better today. I took more time and focused on that because I knew I could serve well, and that I'd done it in practice. I was really focused on serving well, and I'm very pleased."

Next for Ivanovic is Varvara Lepchenko, who, in her first match as a Top 20 player, defeated Tsvetana Pironkova in a tight two-setter, 75 64.

"I don't know much about her. I'll talk to my coach. He probably watched that match," Ivanovic said. "I know she serves big and has a powerful game - she likes to go for her shots. And that she has been playing much better lately and having some really good results. I'll talk to my coach tomorrow and prepare."

Shortly after the No.11-seeded Ivanovic's win, No.12 seed Cibulkova took the court, but after falling behind 64 41 against Shvedova a hip injury was just too much, and the Slovak No.1 was forced to retire from the match.

In the feature night match, No.4 seed Kvitova raced out to a 62 30 lead and eventually closed out Slovak No.2 Daniela Hantuchova, 62 63.

"I didn't have little mistakes like in Tokyo," said Kvitova, who lost her opening match last week. "In the beginning every game we played was very close, but I waited that out and started making some good returns. I also improved my serve. It's good I didn't spend a lot of time on court tonight in the cold."

Other first round winners were Tamira Paszek, Hsieh Su-Wei, Carla Suárez Navarro, Romina Oprandi and Chinese wildcard Zhang Shuai. Paszek had to save a match point in the third set tie-break to beat Olga Govortsova at night, 75 06 76(6); Oprandi beat Urszula Radwanska, 75 62 - the Radwanskas went 0-2 on Saturday, as Agnieszka Radwanska lost in the Tokyo final.

Bojana Jovanovski, Laura Robson, Lourdes Domínguez Lino, Elena Vesnina, Ayumi Morita, Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, Polona Hercog and Camila Giorgi secured berths in the main draw with wins in qualifying.

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