All five Asians in action at the Guangzhou International Women's Open on Tuesday were triumphant, and all five seeds were eliminated, including top-seeded Samantha Stosur.
WTA Staff

GUANGZHOU, China - It was a banner day for Asians at the Guangzhou International Women's Open on Tuesday, as all five in action were victorious, three of them over seeded players.

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No surprise was bigger than Wang Yafan's defeat of No.1 seed Samantha Stosur. The Chinese wildcard converted on four of six break points and fought off nine of 11 break points on her own serve in her 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 upset of the World No.20.

Not only was this World No.251 Wang's first WTA win, but it was her first WTA main draw match.

Also scoring the best wins of their careers were qualifiers Zhang Ling of Hong Kong and Zhang Kai-Lin of China.

Zhang Ling was a 6-4, 6-1 winner over fifth-seeded Zarina Diyas, and Zhang Kai-Lin was a 6-1, 6-4 victor over seventh-seeded Jana Cepelova.

Chinese qualifier Xu Yi-Fan and Taiwanese wildcard Hsieh Su-Wei also were triumphant.

Asian players weren't the only ones pulling off upsets. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa edged No.3 seed Sloane Stephens, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, and Monica Niculescu beat No.4 seed Bojana Jovanovski, 6-2, 6-2.

"It was a really tough match," Soler-Espinosa said. "She's a very good player. I knew I had to play my best and take advantage of my opportunities, and I did that."

WTA Rising Star Monica Puig got past last week's Tashkent champion, Karin Knapp, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

"It was a tough match," Puig said. "Last time we played, I lost to her in qualifying in Cincinnati, 7-6 in the third. I had to really fight hard and I'm just happy to win.

"I'm trying to do my best in every single tournament during the Asian swing. One of my sideline goals is to try to get as many people as possible to vote for me to go to Singapore!"