Beijing Day 3 Preview
Published September 30, 2012 03:28
BEIJING, China - The second round begins on Monday with the Chinese No.3, two of the year's most improved players and a title favorite all in action.
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Monday, Second Round
National Tennis Stadium
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ #35) vs. Peng Shuai (CHN #46)
Head-to-head: Peng leads 2-0
As far as comebacks go, Yaroslava Shevdova's 2012 season takes some beating. Having started it outside the Top 100 after an injury-riddled few years, the Kazakh has quietly gone about rebuilding both her confidence and ranking, arriving in Beijing with 36 wins to her name and at No.35 in the rankings.
Peng Shuai, her second round opponent, may not have enjoyed quite such a stellar year but her form has picked up of late, and with two previous semifinals appearances she certainly knows what it takes to win in Beijing. The players have met on two previous occasions, both of which came on hard and both of which went the way of Peng in straight sets.
 Ana Ivanovic (SRB #12) vs. Varvara Lepchenko (USA #20)
Head-to-head: first meeting
Over on Lotus Court, Varvara Lepchenko, another of the season's surprise packages and newest member of the Top 20, takes on Ana Ivanovic. Fresh from a semifinal run in Seoul, Lepchenko arrived for her first appearance in the Chinese capital brimming with confidence and negotiated a tricky opener against Tsvetana Pironkova with relative ease.
Ivanovic was even more impressive in sweeping past Christina McHale, and with No.6 seed and potential third round foe Sara Errani now out of the tournament she will fancy her chances of going deep. Lepchenko will undoubtedly be harboring the same thoughts, and her tricky lefty game and penchant for stepping inside the lines to take the ball early has the potential to disrupt the Serb's rhythm from the back.
 Petra Kvitova (CZE #5) vs. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP #48)
Head-to-head: Kvitova leads 3-0
Petra Kvitova was reminded of just how much of a handful Carla Suárez Navarro can be this January, when she was given an almighty scare in the second round of the Australian Open. It was the third time the pair had met and the third time the mercurial Spaniard and her beautiful backhand had run Kvitova close.
Neither player was given too much trouble in the opening round, as Suárez Navarro saw off Timea Bacsinszky and Kvitova eased past Daniela Hantuchova. Surprisingly, for a player with seven hardcourt titles to her name, this was just the Czech's third win in three visits to Beijing, and if Suárez Navarro is in giant killing mood - she owns three Top 10 victories - increasing this number will be anything but a foregone conclusion.
Around the grounds…
Among the handful of remaining first round matches, Victoria Azarenka faces Alizé Cornet, while fellow seeds Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki meet Simona Halep and Chanelle Scheepers respectively. Meanwhile, in the doubles, former US Open and Roland Garros doubles champions Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur reunite for just the second time in four years to take on Julia Goerges and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
For more on today's matches, see our Match Notes in the Press Center.