Tianjin (Outdoor Hard) : Agnieszka Radwanska won her biggest title since 2012 this weekend in Beijing, and she is ready to repeat the winning formula her in Tianjin as well. Radwanska defeated Tatjana Maria 6-1 6-2 in exactly an hour time, controlling the match from start to finish on both serve and return. She served well, facing just one break point, and her return was on the usual level, winning more than 50% of the points on Maria's serve to break her 4 times from 8 chances.
The winner of the match was known after some 20 minutes, as Agnieszka raced into a 5-0 lead in the opening set with a double break, never looking back. Maria fought a little bit better in set number 2 but that was enough only for 2 games, as she could not parry her rival from the baseline or to make any damage on her serve.
Svetlana Kuznetsova had to work hard to defeat Donna Vekic 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 38 minutes to reach the quarter-final. There were 18 break points in total, Kuznetsova broke young Croat 5 times from 11 chances and she lost her serve 3 times from 7 opportunities that she gave to Vekic. Donna was off to a better start, leading 2-0 with a break, but Kuznetsova bounced back by winning 5 out of next 6 games to be 5-3 in front.
She served for the set and had a set point in game 10 but wasn't able to convert it, Vekic broke back to level the score at 5-5, only to lose her serve again in the following game. Kuznetsova served out for the set easily in game 12, revealed that she came victorious in the tight opener.
The second set was also a close contest, players exchanged early breaks to stay locked up until 4-4 when Kuznetsova made a crucial move by breaking for the second time in game 9. She faced 2 break points in the final game but managed to repel them both and bring the match home.
First round results: Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-1 6-2 Second round results: Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs Donna Vekic (CRO) 7-5 6-4
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Xinyun Han (CHN) vs [WC]Yafan Wang (CHN) 7-5 6-3
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