The Chinese fans cheered Zhu Lin who completed the first upset of the tournament. The local player beat rhe No.2 seed Petra Kvitova 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to advance to the second round in Tianjin. The unseeded Zhu faced an attempted final-set comeback by the Czech, serving 48% of first serves in throughout the match, and seized the first Top 20 victory of her career in two hours and 15 minutes.
Zhu got the first break of the match to lead 5-4. After saving a break point, Zhu forced an error and gained a one set lead. The Chinese led by a set and a break at 2-1 in the second, thanks to a couple early double faults and a forehand error.
Zhu served for the match at 5-4 but, suddenly, her nerves kicked in. Kvitova won the final four games of the set to bring the match to a decider. But Kvitova dissipated any confidence and lost the fifth third-setter out of seven played this year.
Zhu needed two chances to serve for the match to claim the victory as Kvitova hit a service return long. Zhu will play Hsieh Su-Wei in the second round, after the Taiwanese No.1 dispatched Chinese qualifier Lu Jing-Jing 6-2, 6-2.Hsieh won both the previous meetings in 2014 without losing a set.
The Italian Sara Errani, in her first main draw appearance after the suspension, comfortably beat 62 61 the No.81 Kateryna Kozlova. Up next for her, a second round match against the No.58 Beatriz Haddad Maia, as the Brazilian beat the fourth seed Donna Vekic 6-7 6-4 6-2 completing the fourth comeback win of the season in a match that featured 26 break points.
The Brazilian, playing with her career-hing ranking at No.59, has won the most recent clashes, in the quarterfinal at Bol earlier this year after losing at Rio de Janeiro in 2014.