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Peng Victorious In Nanchang Opener

No.1 seed Peng Shuai moved on at the WTA 125K Series event in Nanchang, while No.2 seed and fellow Chinese star Zheng Jie was eliminated.

Published July 22, 2014 12:13

Peng Victorious In Nanchang Opener
Peng Shuai

NANCHANG, China - No.1 seed Peng Shuai won her opener at the Zhonghong Jiangxi International Women's Open on Tuesday, but No.2 seed Zheng Jie was sidelined.

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Peng broke Han Xinyun's serve six times and was 19 of 24 on her opponents' second serve in her 6-1, 6-3 triumph.

"It was not in my original plan to play Nanchang, but I'm glad I came," Peng said. "Nanchang has changed a lot from my last visit years ago, and it is very beautiful. I'm still getting used to the courts here, but I think I'll get better with each match."

In another all-Chinese match-up, 18-year-old World No.422 Liu Fangzhou staged a mini-rally down 4-2 in the first set against World No.59 Zheng to win it in a tie-break. Then after Liu went up 2-0 in the second set, Zheng retired with a right foot blister, handing Liu her first Top 100 win.

"I'm very happy that I won today," Liu said. "The thought of being able to beat Zheng Jie had never occurred to me! It means a lot. I just played my game and fought for every point and every game."

Two other seeds also went down, as Tereza Mrdeza was a 7-6(8), 6-1 victor over fifth-seeded Mandy Minella, and Zhang Ling was a 7-5, 6-2 winner over eighth-seeded Yuliya Beygelzimer.

Mrdeza fought off three set points in the first set tie-break and for the match was five of six on break points and 17 of 22 on second serve return points.

Zhang also overcame a set point against her in a first set that lasted one hour and 12 minutes.

Also, No.3 seed Misaki Doi beat Dalila Jakupovic, 6-3, 7-6(4), and No.6 seed Zheng Saisai snapped a five-match losing streak with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Michaela Honcova, who lost despite converting on all six of her break points.

In a match involving unseeded players, Marina Melnikova rallied from a 5-2 third set deficit and survived a match point at 5-4 en route to a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Gioia Barbieri.

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