Ukrainian tennis player Lesya Tsurenko and Diane Yastremsky spent the first matches in the main draw of the tournament in Beijing category “Premier Mandatory” and a prize pool of $8,285,274.
To interrupt a series of failures in the Chinese capital Tsurenko tried to match with Andrea Petkovic. Tennis players conducted a third in-person meeting in 2014 in Charleston was won by Petkovic, but a year later at Indian wells, Tsurenko was able to take revenge.
In the first set Tsurenko made three breaks than compensated for the one bad game on his serve. In the second game Les recouped from the account 0:2, then repeatedly went forward to a break, but Petkovic was able to return to the game. Twice not submitting on the match, Tsurenko at the tiebreak gave
Petkovic no hope of a comeback – Les took the three points at the reception, and her serve has never lost a draw.
Next opponent Lesia Tsurenko in Beijing will be 10th-seeded Julia Gorges, who beat in the first round to Johanna Konta (6:2, 4:6, 6:3).
Lesya Tsurenko (Ukraine) – Andrea Petkovic (Germany) – 6:2, 7:6
Yastremsky on the way to the main draw of the Beijing defeated the top seed in qualifying the Islay Tomljanovic. Diana was considered the favorite in the match against the 68th-ranked Zheng Saisai, but surprisingly lost in two sets.
Yastremsky six times lost her serve and made 53 unforced errors. “China Open” 18-year-old Ukrainian has earned almost 25 thousand dollars in prize money and 10 points in the WTA rankings.
Dayana Yastremsky (Ukraine) – Zheng Saisai (China) – 4:6, 3:6
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