Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska had no problem booking her place in Round 2 of the 2016 China Open, as she secured a straight-set victory over Qiang Wang on Sunday.
The Polish star lost only four games on her way past the wild card and showed her class throughout in a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 triumph. She’ll face Ekaterina Makarova in her next outing.
Elsewhere, eighth seed Madison Keys had to battle hard against wild card Ying-Ying Duan, although Keys eventually won through in three sets. Johanna Konta, seeded 11th, is also into Round 2 after a straight-set win, while seventh seed Carla Suarez Navarro suffered a shock elimination at the hands of Yaroslava Shvedova.
Here’s a look at the results from the main draw in Beijing and a closer examination of Sunday’s star performances.
|China Open 2016: Main Draw Results|
|Kristina Mladenovic bt. Jelena Jankovic||6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4)|
| Madison Keys bt. Ying-Ying Duan||6-0, 4-6, 6-1|
|Misaki Doi bt. Nicole Gibbs||7-5, 6-2|
| Johanna Konta bt. Anastasija Sevastova||6-1, 6-1|
|Timea Babos bt. Danka Kovinic||6-2, 6-2|
| Roberta Vinci bt. Saisai Zheng||6-0, 3-6, 6-3|
|Yaroslava Shvedova bt.  Carla Suarez Navarro||6-1, 6-3|
|Yafan Wang bt. Madison Brengle||6-2, 6-2|
| Agnieszka Radwanska bt. Qiang Wang||6-2, 6-2|
|Shuai Zhang bt. Samantha Stosur||6-1, 6-2|
|Alison Riske bt.  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||7-6 (4), 6-1|
|Caroline Wozniacki bt. Coco Vandeweghe||6-1, 2-6, 6-4|
After watching second seed Garbine Muguruza suffer a scare in her opening match on Saturday, Radwanska ensured there was no complacency on show in her game against Wang.
The world No. 4 was imperious from the off here, breaking her opponent at the first opportunity and continually applying pressure throughout the opening stages. Even when Wang did wrest the break back in the fifth game, Radwanska was able to get stuck into the wild card’s serve and coasted to a 6-2 opening set win.
Although there was a gulf in class, Wang was doing everything she could to cling on, even after going a break down early in the second set.
As we can see here, although she faced a long way back, the home favourite was still pulling off some remarkable shots, per WTA:
However, on the biggest points, Radwanska always looked to have an edge. She moved into a 5-1 lead, and while the third seed was unable to serve out the match, squandering three match points, she redeemed herself in the very next game.
Although she’ll be hoping to make much more progress in Beijing, this win ensured Radwanska qualified for the tour finals at the end of this year, per the WTA Info feed:
Also through is Konta, with the Briton turning in one of the day’s outstanding performances in Beijing.
As BBC Sport’s Piers Newberry noted, an exceptional standard of serving was key to this comfortable victory over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova:
Keys didn’t have it quite so easy in her match, although for a while it looked as though things were going to be straightforward for the American.
She romped to a 6-0 win in the opening stanza, with Duan unable to cope with the quality of shot-making produced by Keys. But, to her great credit, the wild card dug in and eventually secured the second set 6-4, breaking her opponent in the final game.
Players without the steely mentality of Keys may have crumbled at this point, although the world No. 9 responded immediately. A break in the opening game of the deciding set paved the way for a 6-1 flourish.
Italy’s Roberta Vinci endured a similar Round 1 match, winning to love in the first set, being pegged back and then eventually overcoming wild card Saisai Zheng.
In Sunday's big surprise, Navarro's tournament came to an end against Shvedova. The Spanish star never got going in this one, and the world No. 41 was great value for her straight-set win.
Caroline Wozniacki overcame Coco Vandeweghe in three sets. The Dane drew first blood in a dominant first set courtesy of some loose play from the American.
Vandeweghe responded in kind in the second set, via WTA:
A hard-fought third set followed as the players traded breaks, but the former world No. 1 emerged on top. Record's Jose Morgado noted the revival in her form after a poor year:
Wozniacki will face Vinci in the next round. She leads their narrow head-to-head record with three wins to two and has won their last two meetings, but it's set to be a thrilling showdown regardless.