WTA 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open

Jankovic Sweeps Wuhan Second Seed Muguruza

Jelena Jankovic continues her strong play as of late by eliminating 2015 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open runner-up Garbine Muguruza in their second round match.

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Jelena Jankovic
Jelena Jankovic ends 2015 Wuhan runner-up Garbine Muguruza in their second round match.

Serbian world no. 39 Jelena Jankovic eliminates last year’s runner-up Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. Jankovic sweeps the second seeded Muguruza 6-4, 7(7)-6(2) in a one hour and forty-one minute match. Jelena Jankovic continues her strong play that propelled her to a runner-up finish in the recently concluded 2016 Guangzhou International Women’s Open. Jankovic has now won six of her last seven matches, with the world no. 3 Garbine Muguruza as her highest profile victim. Jelena Jankovic also improves to a 2-3 record against the top tier Spaniard.

Garbine Muguruza starts the second round match by winning the first game, on her way to taking two of the first three games, for a 2-1 lead. Jankovic retaliates with three straight wins, including back-to-back 40-0 games in the fourth and fifth, to take the advantage at 4-2. Muguruza then wins two of the next three games, both at 40-0, to gain ground on Jankovic at 5-3. Garbine Muguruza saves set point with another 40-0 win but drops the tenth game to Jankovic, who ends the match opener with a 40-30 win.

Jelena Jankovic fell behind on the second serves, finishing with just 3 of 8 (38%) points against 6 of 16 (38%) from Garbine Muguruza. However, Jankovic recovers via the first serves, as she wins 18 of 21 (86%) second serve points compared to a 14 of 16 (88%) performance from her Spanish opponent. Jelena Jankovic also had the only break point of the match opener. She broke Muguruza once in her two break point opportunities. Jankovic did not allow Garbine Muguruza a chance to break throughout the forty-two minute frame.

The second set begins with a familiar sight, as Garbine Muguruza once again starts with a 2-1 lead by winning two of the first three games. Jankovic ties the set in the fourth after winning a long rally. The two players then go on to split the following eight games to remain even at 6-6. Prior to forcing the second set decider, both Muguruza and Jankovic were able to save set point once. Jankovic saved set point in the tenth with a 40-15 win, while Muguruza thwarted match point in the twelfth with a 40-15 win of her own. Jelena Jankovic proceeds to pound Muguruza in the decider with a 7-2 win to claim the second round match.

Much like in the first frame, Garbine Muguruza wins the second serves over Jelena Jankovic. The Spaniard won a remarkable 10 of 15 (67%) second serve points compared to 4 of 11 (36%) second serve total from Jelena Jankovic. The streaking Serbian however showed similar dominance in the first serves to come out on top of the service battle. Jankovic won a blistering 24 of 32 (75%) first serve points against a meager 13 of 23 (57%) first serve finish. Jelena Jankovic adds the only ace of the final frame as the cherry on top of the service game victory. Both players were able to break once each during the second set. However, Jelena Jankovic was able to save two of Muguruza’s three break point attempts during the fifty-eight minute final frame.

Barbora Strycova
Barbora Strycova takes down Misaki Doi in the second round of the Wuhan Open.

Jelena Jankovic books a Wuhan Open round of sixteen match with Czech Republic world no. 21 Barbora Strycova. Entering the round of sixteen duel, Jankovic holds a 1-0 record against the 30-year old Strycova. Jelena Jankovic and Barbora Strycova’s last match however, occurred more than half-a-decade ago. Jankovic defeated Strycova in their maiden singles meeting during the round of thirty-two of the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Meanwhile, Barbora Strycova rallies past Japanese world no. 33 Misaki Doi to advance to the round of sixteen of the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. Strycova wins back-to-back frames, after dropping the first to Doi, to take a 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 comeback win in a marathon two-hour and sixteen minute second round match. The victory also improves Barbora Strycova to a 2-0 singles head to head record with the 25-year old Misaki Doi.

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta goes past China’s Shuai Zhang to reach the round of sixteen.

2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open eleventh seed Johanna Konta dominates Chinese local Shuai Zhang to advance to the round of sixteen. The United Kingdom world no. 13 Konta moves past world no. 38 Zhang with a 6-3, 6-3 straight sets win after a one-and-a-half hour second round match. The victory allows Johanna Konta to go ahead of Shuai Zhang, 2-1, in their singles head to head match record.

Tournament seventh seed Carla Suarez Navarro will test Johanna Konta in the round of sixteen of the Wuhan Open. The upcoming match will be the first ever for the world no. 8 Carla Suarez Navarro and Johanna Konta.

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki eases past Katerina Siniakova to continue her late season surge.

2016 Toray Pan Pacific champion Caroline Wozniacki continues her late season surge by going past 20-year old Katerina Siniakova. The world no. 22 Wozniacki easily handles the world no. 56 Siniakova with a 6-4, 6-4 sweep in a one hour and thirty-six minute second round match. This Wuhan win gives the red-hot Caroline Wozniacki her twelfth victory in her last thirteen outings. Wozniacki also claims first blood over the next generation Czech talent in their singles head to head match record.

The former world number one Wozniacki will meet world no. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round of the Wuhan Open. Heading into the round of sixteen match, Caroline Wozniacki holds a commanding 8-4 advantage over Radwanska in their singles head to head record. Wozniacki has also won the last three matches over the world’s fourth-best women’s singles player, including a semifinal match in Tokyo on her way to taking the Toray Pan Pacific Title.

Wuhan Open third seed Agnieszka Radwanska trounces Russian world no. 37 Ekaterina Makarova to reach the round of sixteen of the Wuhan Open. Radwanska marches past Makarova with a 6-4, 6-1 sweep in a one hour and nine minute second round match. The win also improves Agnieszka Radwanska to a 5-2 singles head to head match record over Ekaterina Makarova.

Defending Wuhan Open champion Venus Williams
Defending Wuhan Open champion Venus Williams sweeps Yulia Putintseve in her tournament opener.

Defending Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open champion Venus Williams remains on track for a second consecutive title. Williams gives a second round clinic to Kazakhstan world no. 36 Yulia Putintseva with a 6-3, 6-2 straight sets win in a one hour and ten minute match. Venus Williams avenges a 2016 Volvo Car Open loss to Putintseva last April. Williams improves to a 4-1 singles head to head match record against the 21-year old Yulia Putintseva.

Venus Williams will play Russian world no. 10 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open round of sixteen. Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova stand at an even 4-4 in their singles head to head matchup.

The ninth seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova takes care of Williams’ American compatriot Madison Brengle to reach the round of sixteen. Kuznetsova demolishes the world no. 72 Brengle with a 6-0, 6-4 straight sets win in a one hour and four minute match. Svetlana Kuznetsova has now won both career matches against the 26-year old Madison Brengle. Their maiden meeting occurred earlier this year, in the round of sixteen of the 2016 J&T Banka Prague Open last April, with Kuznetsova taking a three-set win.

Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova rallies past Laura Siegemund to reach the last sixteen.

The tenth seeded Dominika Cibulkova reaches the round of sixteen of the Wuhan Open with a come-from-behind win over German world no. 31 Laura Siegemund. Cibulkova takes the second and third sets, after dropping the first to Siegemund, for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 comeback win in an endurance-testing two hour and thirty-six minute second round match. Cibulkova is now just one win away from her first round of sixteen appearance in her last five WTA tournaments. She also takes first blood over Laura Siegemund in their singles head to head match record.

Dominika Cibulkova will go up against 2016 US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova. Cibulkova currently holds a 2-0 advantage over the world no. 6 Pliskova in their singles head to head matchup. Dominika Cibulkova must show a form that carried her past the streaking Pliskova to win the 2016 Aegon International Eastbourne title last June.

Madison Keys celebrates her second round win over
Madison Keys celebrates her second round win over Caroline Garcia.

American world no. 9 Madison Keys waltzes past French world no. 23 Caroline Garcia to earn her round of sixteen entry. The 21-year old Keys wrangles the 22-year old Garcia 6-3, 6-2 in a one hour and thirteen minute match. The top ten-ranked Madison Keys is now just one match away from her first quarterfinal in her last three tournaments. The win also ties Madison Keys, 1-1, with Caroline Garcia in their singles head to head matchup.

Madison Keys will go up against 19-year old, world no. 28 Daria Kasatkina in the Wuhan round of sixteen. Outside the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Keys defeated Kasatkina in the quarters, the pair has never faced each other in a WTA tournament.

Daria Kasatkina conquers Madison Keys’ countrywoman Louisa Chirico to advance to the Wuhan Open Last Sixteen. Kasatkina drops just two games in her 6-1, 6-1 sweep of the 20-year old, world no. 21 in a relatively brief fifty-three minute match. The victory positions Daria Kasatkina to reach her first round of sixteen entry in her last four tournaments. Kasatkina also improves to a flawless 3-0 singles head to head match record against Louisa Chirico.

2016 US Open Champion Angelique Kerber
2016 US Open Champion Angelique Kerber outlasts Kristina Mladenovic in her fist match at the Wuhan Open.

2016 US Open champion Angelique Kerber wins her tournament opener over French world no. 54 Kristina Mladenovic. Kerber survives Mladenovic with a 6(4)-7(7), 6-1, 6-4 comeback win after a marathon two hour and sixteen minute second round match. This Wuhan Open victory is Kerber’s twelfth win in her last thirteen WTA matches. The newly minted world no. 1 Angelique Kerber also improves to a perfect 3-0 singles head to head match record over Kristina Mladenovic.

Angelique Kerber will face Czech Republic world no. 16 Petra Kvitova in the Wuhan last sixteen. Entering the round of sixteen match, Kerber is ahead of Kvitova in their singles head to head match record at 5-4. Angelique Kerber has also won the last three meetings over Petra Kvitova.

Wuhan Open fourteen seed Petra Kvitova sweeps Ukrainian world no. 18 Elina Svitolina. Kvitova eases past Svitolina with a 6-3, 6-1 straight sets win in exactly one hour. The victory improves Petra Kvitova to a 5-1 record over Elina Svitolina in their singles head to head matchup.

Yaroslava Shvedova celebrates her second round upset.
Yaroslava Shvedova celebrates her second round upset over Roberta Vinci.

Kazakhstan world no. 41 Yaroslava Shvedova gets one of the biggest upsets of the Wuhan Open second round by beating Italian world no. 15 Roberta Vinci. Shvedova sends Vinci home with a 7-5, 6-2 sweep in a one hour and fourteen minute match. The victory also ties Yaroslava Shvedova, 3-3, with Roberta Vinci in their singles head to head match record.

Yaroslava Shvedova sets up a round of sixteen meeting with Wuhan fourth seed Simona Halep. Surprisingly, Shvedova enters the Wuhan Open last sixteen match with a win over the higher ranked Romanian. However, this victory came in the 2012 London Olympics, where Shvedova knocked out Simona Halep in the round of sixty-four.

Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova wave to the crowd after their second round victory.
Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova wave to the crowd after their second round victory.

In other 2016 Wuhan Open results, the doubles team of tournament third seeds Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova reach the quarterfinal round. They manage to outlast the team of Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez with a 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 comeback win in a one hour and sixteen minute match.

Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova will face the winner of the second round match between Wuhan sixth seeds Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova versus the team of Switzerland’s Time Bacsinszky and Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Meanwhile, Timea Bacsinszky and Svetlana Kuznetsova make their way to the second round over the doubles team of Lara Arruabarrena and Oksana Kalashnikova. Bacsinszky and Kuznetsova sweep Arruabarrena and Kalashnikova 6-3, 6-2 in a one hour and one minute first round match.

The all-American doubles team of Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears enter the Wuhan doubles draw quarterfinal with an upset win over tournament eight seeds Karolina Pliskova and Julia Goerges. Atawo and Spears edge out the seeded Pliskova and Goerges 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 in a marathon two hour and twenty-four minute match.

Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears await the winner of the second round match between the team of Wuhan second seeds, Chinese Taipei sisters Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan, versus the all-Slovakian team of Andreja Klepac and Katarina Srebotnik.

Making it to the second round of the Wuhan doubles draw is the fifth seeded team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova. Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova benefit from a first set retirement from Wuhan wildcards Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova were leading 3-1, twenty-seven minutes into the first set, when Halep and Sands called of the match because of injury concerns.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova will be matched up with another team of wildcards in the Wuhan doubles second round. They will have Chinese locals Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu as their next opponents.

The all-Czech team of Wuhan seventh seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka enter round two over the team of Olga Savchuk and Yafan Wang. Hlavackova and Hradecka score a 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 comeback win over Savchuk and Wang in a one hour and nineteen minute first round match.

Up next for Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka is a second round meeting with the doubles team of Kateryna Bondarenko and Chia-Jung Chuang.

 Lastly, Kateryna Bondarenko and Chia-Jung Chuang eliminate the team of Chinese locals Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang. Bondarenko and Chuang sweep the home team 6-4, 7-5 in a one hour and twenty-two minute first round battle.