Right after clinching the Premier-level Toray Pan Pacific Open title in Tokyo, Caroline Wozniacki is already in Wuhan and already has one more victory to her name in her late-season bloom. The Dane comfortably defeated Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur and advanced to the second round of the $2,589,000 Chinese tournament.
At 2-2 in the second set, Wozniacki broke Stosur's serve and raced away with all the remaining games to win the first-round match 6-3 6-2. The 16th-seeded Stosur committed too many unforced errors, 31 to Wozniacki's 10, while she hit just five winners more than the Dane, 13 to 8.
Up next for Wozniacki is Katerina Siniakova, who finished runner-up at the recent Japan Women's Open Tennis, an International-level tournament in Tokyo.
The 2014 Wuhan champion Petra Kvitova also progressed on Monday, beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-1 in the first round, while fourth seed Simona Halep recorded a retirement victory over Irina-Camelia Begu at 6-3 2-0 in the second round. (photo: Jimmie48)