WTA Shenzhen Open: Top Seeds Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova Enter Round 2

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 | 0

Top seed Simona Halep dodged a bullet as she overcame a stiff combat from Germany’s Annika Beck in an intriguing three-set encounter at the Longgang Tennis Centre on Monday.

The Romanian star looked tarnished all through, but eventually managed to pull off a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over her little-known adversary in one hour and 53 minutes.

“It was my first match of the year, which is always difficult,” WTATennis.com quoted Halep as saying. “After the first set I knew I had to be more aggressive, hit the balls and open the court more, and I think I did it well.

“I was trying to fight for every point and win this match. I’m happy to reach the second round.”

Petra Kvitova, the second seed, had a contrasting day as she smoothly sailed into the second round with a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over wildcard-entrant Ying Ying Duan.


(1) S Halep d. A Beck (4-6, 6-4, 6-3)

(Q) A Krunic d. (Q) L Zhu (6-4, 7-6)

P Hercog d. (7) M Niculescu (6-1, 7-5)

K Knapp d. P Parmentier (6-3, 6-3)

(Q) C Buyukakcay d. L Arruabarrena (6-4, 6-3)

V Zvonareva d. S Peng (4-6, 6-4, 6-3)

K Siniakova d. (Q) O Govortsova (3-6, 6-3, 6-3)

B Jovanovski d. M Torro-Flor (6-2, 6-7, 6-3)

(2) P Kvitova d. (W) Y Duan (6-3, 6-1)


Z Yang/Q Ye d. O Govortsova/P Mayr-Achleitner (6-0, 6-3)

 (Image: sportinglife.com)





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