WTA 2016 China Open

Radwanska Masters Makarova in Beijing

World number three Agnieszka Radwanska powers past Russia's Ekaterina Makarova to advance to the round of sixteen of the 2016 China Open.

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Agnieszka Radwanska reaches the China Open round of sixteen with a second round rout of
Agnieszka Radwanska reaches the China Open round of sixteen with a second round rout of Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova.

2016 China Open third seed Agnieszka Radwanska advances to the Beijing round of sixteen with a second round sweep of Russian world no. 35 Ekaterina Makarova. The world no. 3 Radwanska eases past Ekaterina Makarova with a 6-3, 6-4 straight sets win after a one hour and thirty-three minute second round match. Agnieszka Radwanska continue her strong run in her late season Asian tour. Radwanska hopes to improve on her 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open quarterfinal finish as well as 2016 Toray Pan Pacific semifinal result last September. Agnieszka Radwanska also improves to a commanding 6-2 singles match record against Ekaterina Makarova.

Agnieszka Radwanska begins the second round match in dominant fashion. She begins the set by winning the first five games for a commanding 5-0 lead. Ekaterina Makarova valiantly saves set point three consecutive times to bring the score closer at 5-3. Radwanska finally closes out the match opener after winning a long rally in the ninth game.

Radwanska dominates the service game on both fronts over Makarova to help her take the match opener. Agnieszka Radwanska wins 15 of 22 (68%) first serve points against just 8 of 13 (62%) from Ekaterina Makarova. Radwanska also doubles Makarova on the second serves. She finishes with 8 of 19 (42%) second serve points to a meager 4 of 10 (40%) second serve performance from Ekaterina Makarova. Agnieszka Radwanska broke Makarova twice out of three break point opportunities. Radwanska saved a prodigious five of Makarova’s six break point attempts throughout the opening frame.

Agnieszka Radwanska starts the second frame on an even note; as she takes her second consecutive first game win of the match. Makarova responds by winning back-to-back games for a 2-1 lead over Radwanska. Agnieszka Radwanska then wins two consecutive games of her own to regain a 4-2 advantage. The two players then split the next two games to give Radwanska match point opportunity at 5-3. Ekaterina Makarova saves set point in the ninth game, but fails to do so for a second consecutive time to give Agnieszka Radwanska the second round win after a forty-eight minute final frame.

Both Agnieszka Radwanska and Ekaterina Makarova ended the second set with 12 first serve points apiece. Radwanska ekes out a slight advantage on the serves by winning 9 of 15 (60%) second serve points against 7 of 15 (47%) from the lower ranked Russian. Agnieszka Radwanska once again doubles Ekaterina Makarova on the breakers. Radwanska converts two of her three break point opportunities while managing to save one of Makarova’s two break point attempts during the final frame.

Agnieszka Radwanska awaits the winner of the first round match between tournament thirteenth seed Roberta Vinci and 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open champion Caroline Wozniacki.

Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia outlasts Germany’s Julia Goerges to reach the second round of the China Open.

Advancing to the second round of the 2016 China Open is French world no. 25 Caroline Garcia. The 23-year old French next generation talent survives German world no. 73 Julia Goerges with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 come-from-behind win in a marathon two hour and fourteen minute first round match. The win gives Caroline Garcia fourth straight first round win dating back to the 2016 Connecticut Open last August. Caroline Garcia also draws first blood over Julia Goerges in their singles head to head match record.

Caroline Garcia will face Chinese local Shuai Peng in the second round of the 2016 China Open. Entering their upcoming match in Beijing, the lower ranked Shuai Peng holds a 1-0 advantage over Caroline Garcia in their singles head to head match record.

Chinese wildcard Shuai Peng stuns American world no. 13 Venus Williams to advance to the second round of her home tournament. The world no. 223 Shuai Peng shocks Williams with a 7-5, 6-1 sweep in a one hour and twenty-six minute first round match. Shuai Peng finally notches her first career win against the top-tiered Venus Williams to improve to a 1-1 singles head to head record.

Madison Keys advances to the China Open round of sixteen
Madison Keys advances to the China Open round of sixteen with a second round rout of Kristina Mladenovic.

In other 2016 China Open second round results, American world no. 9 Madison Keys reaches the round of sixteen by going past French world no. 57 Kristina Mladenovic. Madison Keys marches past Kristina Mladenovic with a 7-5, 6-4 sweep in a one hour and twenty-nine minute match. The Beijing win also improves Madison Keys to a 3-1 singles match record with Kristina Mladenovic.

Madison Keys will face the winner of the second round match between China Open ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and Japanese world no. 31 Misaki Doi.

Timea Bacsinszky
Timea Bacsinszky survives Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena reach the Beijing round two.

2016 China Open twelfth seed Timea Bacsinszky outlasts Spanish qualifier Lara Arruabarrena to reach the second round. The Swiss world no. 15 Bacsinszky sidesteps world no. 61 Arruabarrena with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 come-from-behind win in a grueling two hour and fourteen minute match. Timea Bacsinszky, who is trying to bounce back from first round exit in the recently concluded Wuhan Open, improves to a 2-0 singles match record over Lara Arruabarrena.

Timea Bacsinszky sets up a second round showdown with Australian world no. 49 Daria Gavrilova. Entering their round two meeting in Beijing, the 22-year old Gavrilova holds a 1-0 advantage over Time Bacsinszky in their singles head to head match record.

Daria Gavrilova books her second round passage by defeating higher ranked Christina McHale in their Beijing Open match. Gavrilova eases past the world no. 42 McHale with a 6-4, 6-4 straight sets victory in a one hour and twenty-three minute match. The win lets Daria Gavrilova advance to the second round for the first time in her last three WTA tournaments. Daria Gavrilova also improves to a 2-0 singles match record over the 24-year old Christina McHale.

Barbora Strycova
Barbora Strycova outlasts Germany’s Laura Siegmund to advance to round two of the China Open.

Czech world no. 21 Barbora Strycova enters the second round of the 2016 China Open over German world no. 29 Laura Siegemund. Strycova moves past Siegemund with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 come-from-behind victory in a endurance-testing two hour and fifty-five minute first round match. Barbora Strycova has now advanced past the first round of all three of her Asian leg tournaments. Strycova also claims first blood over the top thirty-ranked Laura Siegemund in their singles head to head match record.

Barbora Strycova will feature in another Czech Republic-Germany matchup in the 2016 China Open. Strycova will face world no. 1 Angelique Kerber in the second round of the Beijing singles draw. Heading into their round two match in China, Angelique Kerber holds a commanding 5-1 advantage over Barbora Strycova in their singles head to head matchup.

Angelique Kerber sets on her road to recovery from a round of sixteen Wuhan Open exit by defeating Czech world no. 51 Katerina Siniakova in her 2016 China Open tournament opener. Angelique Kerber shakes off the 20-year old Siniakova with a 6-4, 6-4 sweep in a one hour and sixteen minute first round match. The win also gives Kerber a 2-0 singles match record over the next generation Czech Republic talent.

Yaroslava Shvedova disposes of Belinda Bencic to advance to the Beijing final sixteen.
Yaroslava Shvedova disposes of Belinda Bencic to advance to the Beijing final sixteen.

Kazakhstan world no. 39 Yaroslava Shvedova marches past Swiss world no. 43 Belinda Bencic to enter the third round of the China Open. Shvedova sweeps the 19-year old Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7(7)-6(4) in a one hour and thirty-seven minute second round match. The victory also gives Yaroslava Shvedova first blood over Belinda Bencic in their singles head to head matchup.

Yaroslava Shvedova awaits for the winner of the second round match between China Open tenth seed Dominika Cibulkova and French world no. 58 Alize Cornet.

Daria Kasatkina defeats fellow next generation talent Louisa Chirico to reach the second round of the 2016 China Open.
Daria Kasatkina defeats fellow next generation talent Louisa Chirico to reach the second round of the 2016 China Open.

Russian world no. 24 Daria Kasatkina moves past American world no. 63 Louisa Chirico to reach the second round of the 2016 China Open. The 19-year old Kasatkina sweeps the 20-year old Chirico 6-2, 6-1 in a relatively brief fifty-seven minute first round match. The victory also improves Daria Kasatkina to an impressive 4-0 singles match record over Louisa Chirico.

Daria Kasatkina will be tested by Czech Republic world no. 6 Karolina Pliskova in the second round of the China Open. Karolina Pliskova and Daria Kasatkina are currently tied 1-1 in their singles head to head match record.

2016 US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova survives a first round battle with Czech compatriot Lucie Safarova to reach round two of the 2016 China Open. Pliskova wins back-to-back frames, after dropping the first to world no. 41 Safarova, for a 6(7)-7(9), 6-1, 6-4 comeback win after a two hour and one minute first round match. The victory also improves Karolina Pliskova to a 5-2 singles match record over Lucie Safarova.

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina routs Tatjana Mirjana in their China Open first round match.

2016 China Open sixteenth seed Elina Svitolina eases past German world no. 114 Tatjana Maria to reach the second round of the Beijing tournament. Svitolina waltzes past China qualifier Tatjana Maria with a 6-2, 6-2 sweep in a one hour and three minute first round match. The victory gives Elina Svitolina first blood over Tatjana Maria in their singles head to head match record.

Elina Svitolina will face German wildcard Sabine Lisicki in the second round of the China Open.

Garbine Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza eliminates Yulia Putintseva to book her China Open last sixteen slot.

China Open second seed Garbine Muguruza routs Kazakhstan world no. 33 Yulia Putintseva to reach the round of sixteen. The Spanish world no. 4 Muguruza moves past Yulia Putintseva with a 6-2, 7(7)-6(5) straight sets win after a one hour and fifty-minute second round match. Garbine Muguruza also draws first blood over the 21-year old Yulia Putintseva in their singles head to head matchup.

Garbine Muguruza will face the winner of the second round match between 2016 Wuhan Open champion Petra Kvitova and Chinese qualifier Yafan Wang.

Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova
Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova march past Olga Savchuk and Yafan Wang.

In other 2016 China Open results, the eighth seeded doubles team of Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova defeat the team of Ukrainian Olga Savchuk and Chinese Yafan Wang to advance to the second round of the doubles draw. Doubles world no. 13 Babos and doubles world no. 11 Shvedova east past Savchuk and Wang with a 6-3, 6-1 sweep in a fifty-nine minute first round match.

Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova sets up a second round showdown with the team of China Open wildcards Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko.

Martina Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe
Martina Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe celebrate their first round win.

The team of doubles world no. 2 Martina Hingis and doubles world no. 21 Coco Vandeweghe dispose of the doubles team of Maria Irigoyen and Tatjana Maria to advance to round two of the Beijing doubles draw. Hingis and Vandeweghe sweep doubles world no. 51 Maria Irigoyen and doubles world no. 63 Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-1 in a relatively short forty-five minute first round match.

Up next for the seventh seeded Hingis and Vandeweghe is a second round matchup with doubles world no. 17 Julia Goerges and doubles world no. 15 Karolina Pliskova.

Lastly, the team of double world no. 24 Vania King and doubles world no. 18 Monica Niculescu reach the second round of the China Open doubles draw by beating the team of Chinese locals Yifan Xu and Saisai Zheng. King and Niculescu sweep doubles world no. 22 Yifan Xu and doubles world no. 23 Saisai Zheng 7-5, 6-2 in a one hour and twenty-four minute first round match.

Vania King and Monica Niculescu set up a China Open second round meeting with tournament third seeds Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan.