Tamara Korpatsch came up with the shot of the day on Tuesday at the Ningbo Open.
En route to a 6-2, 7-6(1) first-round defeat of Jodie Burrage, Korpatsch had to withstand a drop shot, a lob, a thudding forehand and then a drive volley from the British qualifier -- all in one rally.
The No.107-ranked German handled all of the above with aplomb, before finishing with a fizzing backhand winner on the line.
Claire Liu was also the exponent of a pair of breathtaking plays, pulling off a pair of full-stretch passing shots against No.3 seed Sorana Cirstea. But the American couldn't convert them into victory, squandering a break lead in the third set and falling to Cirstea 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Elsewhere in first-round action, Kamilla Rakhimova overturned a 6-3, 4-0 deficit and saved two match points -- both with clean winners -- to defeat No.6 seed Arantxa Rus 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3. No.1 seed Ons Jabeur edged out the one-handed backhand of Diane Parry 7-6(3), 7-5, and Nadia Podoroska halted Guangzhou champion Wang Xiyu's five-match winning streak 7-6(3), 6-4. Podoroska had in fact lost to Wang in the first round of Guangzhou one week previously.
No.164-ranked Valeria Savinykh, 32, continued her finest sequence of results in a decade with a 7-5, 7-5 upset of No.5 seed Varvara Gracheva. Two weeks ago in Osaka, Savinykh had notched her first tour-level win since the 2013 Australian Open; this result was her first defeat of a Top 50 opponent since beating Dominika Cibulkova at that tournament.
Highlights: The best of the Ningbo Open first round