Jarmila Gajdosova was at her aggressive best during a 63 60 win over Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Virginie Razzano survived a tight tie-break to beat Vera Dushevina in qualifying, 76(12) 60.
Laura Robson fired 14 aces during her win over Melinda Czink in the final round of qualifying.
Jelena Jankovic congratulated Tamira Paszek after falling to her in the first round, 75 64.
Sabine Lisicki waved to the crowd after making it past Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round.
Kimiko Date-Krumm lined up her tennis balls as she faced Ana Ivanovic in her opening match.
Ana Ivanovic had few problems with Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first round, scoring a 61 61 win.
After coming through qualifying, Christina McHale beat Japanese No.1 Ayumi Morita, 62 06 63.
Chinese No.1 Li Na seemed out of sorts as she took on Monica Niculescu at her home tournament.
Monica Niculescu had never beaten a Top 10 player before, but came out strong against Li Na.
Monica Niculescu, who hits two hands off both sides, recorded her first Top 10 victory, 64 60.
Li Na met the press after her loss. She is still hopeful to qualify for the year-end finale.
Fresh off a title run in Seoul, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez won her opening match in Beijing.
Sam Stosur avenged a first round loss in Tokyo last week with a first round win in Beijing.
World No.1 and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki signed for fans after a practice session.