ANNING, China – No.2 seed Wang Yafan was made to work hard to make progress to the second round of the Kunming Open but ultimately overcame Danielle Lao, 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4.
The WTA World No.87 found herself in trouble against the 26-year-old American, who snatched the first set and then forced a tiebreak in the second, which Wang pinched for the loss of six points.
It was the greater efficiency of the Chinese player that told in the decider, as she came through in nearly three hours against a player ranked 120 places below her.
No.4 seed Zheng Shuai had enough to see off Shiho Akita of Japan, 6-4, 6-3, while No.5 seed Dalila Jakupovic was too strong Ayano Shimizu, who went down, 6-1, 6-2.
There was, however, an upset in the lower half of the draw, where Australia’s Olivia Tjandramulia ousted No.8 seed Liu Fangzhou 6-2, 6-1 in 52 minutes. Fangzhou is the only seed not to have made it through.
Tjandramulia, meanwhile, will face Irina Khromacheva in the second round after the Russian beat wildcard Xinyu Jiang, 6-3, 6-4.
The most straightforward passage of the day, though, was for You Xiaodi, who beat teenager Guo Hanyu, 6-0, 6-1.