Three Chinese Players Win on Qualifying Day 1

Time:2018-09-22Release:WUHAN OPEN

It was a mixed day for both seeds and Chinese players on Day 1 of qualifying at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.

Six of 14 seeds lost while out of seven Chinese players who started out the day, three survived to play for a spot in the main draw to join three other Chinese players already there: Shuai Zhang, Qiang Wang and Saisai Zheng.

No. 12 seed Yafan Wang needed nearly two hours to defeat American teen Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. The 24-year-old from Nanjing took advantage of a fatigued Anisimova, having come off a long week last week in Hiroshima where the 17-year-old came through qualifying to reach her first ever WTA tour-level final. Wang will next play world No. 164 Lizette Cabrera in a first-time meeting.

Also winning on Friday were Yingying Duan and wild card Xiyu Wang, both taking out seeds to move on to Round 2 of qualifying. Duan needed three sets to dispatch 14th seed Ana Bogdan while 17-year-old Wang defeated No. 6 seed Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets. Wang next meets Vania King of the United States while Duan takes on No. 5 seed Rebecca Peterson. The 23-year-old Swede is coming off a third round showing at the US Open, her best ever result in a Grand Slam.

Other winners on Day 1 of qualifying included No. 2 seed Katerina Siniakova, No. 3 Monica Puig and recent Quebec City semifinalist Sofia Kenin. Losers included top seed Ekaterina Makarova who served 8 double faults en route to a three-set defeat to Australian Lizette Cabrera, and No. 4 Sorana Cirstea who also had a bad serving day, double faulting 8 times in losing to American Nicole Gibbs in straight sets.