Svetlana Kuznetsova brought Venus Williams' Wuhan defense to abrupt end on Wednesday with a dominant victory in their eagerly anticipated third-round showdown. Elsewhere, Johanna Konta upset Carla Suárez Navarro to boost her hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals.
Agnieszka Radwanska defused Ekaterina Makarova to end her Wuhan hoodoo and book a rematch with Caroline Wozniacki. Also on the charge was Venus Williams, who began her title defense with a straight set win over Yulia Putintseva.
Angelique Kerber's first tournament as World No.1 will be far from straightforward after seeing a number of potential banana skins placed in her path during Friday's draw for the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.