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The 2010 China Open women’s main draw singles round of 16 begins today. There are 8 round of 16 matches with 4 being played today and the other 4 being completed tomorrow. There are 2 remaining 2nd round matches that will also be played today, they are No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki versus Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber against Alexandra Dulgheru.
In the 2nd round a further 4 seeds were upset to go with the 6 seeds who were knocked out in the 1st round, leaving only 6 of the 16 seeds left in contention for the China Open title. The seeds who lost in the 2nd round were No.3 seed Jelena Jankovic who is now in danger of losing her spot in the WTA Tour Finals, No.8 seed Victoria Azarenka who retired injured dashing her hopes of qualifying for the WTA Tour Finals, No.11 seed Marion Bartoli and No.12 seed Maria Sharapova.
3 of the 4 qualifiers who won through to the 2nd round continued their great performances by all winning in 3 sets after losing the 1st set to earn a place in the round of 16. Bojana Jovanovski won the biggest match of her career to defeat fellow Serbian Jankovic 6-2 in the final set. Anastasija Sevastova who knocked No.4 seed Samantha Stosur in the 1st round defeated Dominika Cibulkova and Vera Dushevina won the battle of the qualifiers against Roberta Vinci.
Pictured above is 2010 Australian Open Singles semi finalist Li Na during her service motion. The 28 year old from China is the only Chinese player left in the draw and will enjoy huge home crowd support as she looks to equal her best career result in Beijing by making the quarter finals as she did in 2006. The locals will be hoping for the first Chinese winner of the China Open as their No.1 player’s draw has opened up with Stosur and Radwanksa being defeated. The No.9 seed has an extra day’s rest before playing the winner of Kerber and Dulgheru tomorrow.
The 1.72m Li can become the first Chinese woman to be ranked in the Top 10 in the end of year rankings. Li achieved her career high ranking of No.9 on August 23 this year. The tournament is open for a first time winner of the Women’s Singles title this year with only 2005 champion Maria Kirilenko still in contention amongst all previous China Open winners.
The player’s name that is bolded in the draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Any player whose name is italicised and has her first name removed is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the round of 16.
The draw for the 2010 China Open Women’s singles round of 16 is:
- (1) Caroline Wozniacki/Sara Errani versus Petra Kvitova (16) Pavlyuchenkova
- (11) Bartoli Ana Ivanovic v. (7) Elena Dementieva
- (3) Jankovic (Q) Bojana Jovanovski v. (15) Shahar Peer
- (12) Sharapova Elena Vesnina v. Timea Bacsinszky (8) Azarenka
- (6) Radwanska Angelique Kerber/Alexandra Dulgheru v. (9) Li Na
- (13) Nadia Petrova v. (Q) Anastasija Sevastova (4) Stosur
- (5) Francesca Schiavone v. (Q) Vera Dushevina (10) Kuznetsova
- (14) Rezai Maria Kirilenko v. (2) Vera Zvonareva
Schedule of play for Wednesday 6 October:
- 12 noon on the Moon Court (Q) Jovanovski lost to (15) Peer 1-6 2-6
- 1pm on Court 3 Kerber defeated Dulgheru 6-2 6-1
- 2pm on Court 1 Vesnina lost to Bacsinszky 2-6 3-6
- 3pm on the Lotus Court Kirilenko lost to (2) Zvonareva 7-5, 4-6, 2-6
- Followed on the Lotus Court by (1) Wozniacki def. Errani 6-4 6-2
- 7:30pm on the Moon Court (5) Schiavone def. (Q) Dushevina 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Schedule of play for Thursday 7 October:
- 12:30pm on the Lotus Court Kerber lost to (9) Li 2-6 0-6
- 3pm on the Moon Court 3 (13) Petrova lost to (Q) Sevastova by walkover as Petrova unable to play with right foot injury
- Followed on the Moon Court by Ivanovic def. (7) Dementieva 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4)
- 7:30pm on the Lotus Court (1) Wozniacki def. Kvitova 6-3 6-2
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