WTA Guangzhou: Jennifer Brady stuns No.1 seed Alize Cornet

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WTA Guangzhou: Jennifer Brady stuns No.1 seed Alize Cornet

Top seed Alizé Cornet failed to turn around her rain-interrupted match against Jennifer Brady. Brady led 6-0, 2-1 over the 2014 Guangzhou International Women's Open finalist before play was suspended yesterday. The Frenchwoman, despite 60% of first serve points won, sealed just another couple of games.

Brady claimed a 60 63 win to set up a second round clash against Kateryna Kozlova aiming to extend her 1-0 head to head record as she beat the Ukrainian at Wimbledon earlier this year. No.4 seed Aleksandra Krunic opened her campaign with a 6-4 6-3 win over Viktorija Golubic.

The Serb, unseeded an year ago, upset then-defending champion Lesia Tsurenkoen route to reaching her first-ever WTA final before losing to home favorite Zhang Shuai. This year, she captured first career WTA singles title at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (d.

Flipkens) to become first Serbian to win a WTA singles title since Jankovic in 2015. Coming off a third-round exit at Us Open, her 14th Grand Slam main draw appearance, Krunic broke the Swiss World No.103 four times to reach the last 16 for the second straight year.

She will meet for the first time Christina McHale, looking to improve upon her 14-17 career record against American opponents: The world No.50 was 4-0 against Americans since 2016 US Open (l. Gibbs) before surrendering to Madison Keys in Flushing Meadows.

McHale completed the fourth comeback win of the season as Ana Bogdan retired when trailing 4-6 6-3 6-1. No.6 seed Viktoria Kuzmova and No.8 seed Saisai Zheng opened their campaign collecting comfortable victories. The Slovak claimed six breaks to defeat Serbian qualifier Ivana Jorovic 62 63 in their first career meeting.

Up next, she plays for the first time Bernarda Pera. Zheng claimed her best result at home. Last March, she returned from a knee injury, reaching the quarterfinals at $60k ITF event in Shenzhen. She enjoyed a strong spring on ITF Circuit, winning 11 matches and the 10th career title at this level, at $60k ITF tournament in Quanzhou.

At WTA 125K Series events, she won Zhengzhou (d. Y.Wang in F) and was runner-up at Anning (l. Khromacheva in F). Zheng won eight of ten close games to defeat 64 62 Hanyu Guo and set up a second-round clash against Fiona Ferro, the promising Frenchwoman bidding for her third WTA main draw career win.