Vera Zvonareva's comeback to the WTA tour got off to a sensational start following a shock victory over third seed Shuai Peng at the Shenzhen Open. The former world number two had to come from a set down before edging Shuai out 4-6 6-4 6-3.
Throughout the two hour and 26 minute match, Zvonareva only dropped her serve four times. One of her dropped serves was, however costly in the first set as it gave Shuai the first set. Despite losing the first set, the 30-year-old continued to battled on by breaking the local favorite in the fifth game of the second set on her way to taking the match into a deciding set.
Going into the final set, Shuai was still the favorite to win considering her rivals long absence from the WTA tour due to injury. The absence from the tour was, however irrelevant as Zvonareva dominated the final set by racing to a 5-1 lead.
Peng did break back late in the match, but it never materialized into anything as the Russian stormed to victory. Peng is now the highest ranged player that Zvonareva has beaten since Francesca Schiavone at the 2012 olympics! Following her win, the Russian posted on Instagram that she was happy to win today's match.