No.5 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan made a profitable event debut on the China Open on Monday, defeating Chinese language No.1 Zheng Qinwen 6-1, 6-2 of their opening-round match on the WTA 1000 occasion.
Within the final first-round match of the event, 2022 Wimbledon champion Rybakina took precisely one hour to oust World No.23 Zheng on her dwelling soil and full the second-round lineup.
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Again to successful methods: Rybakina got here into Beijing having not performed a match since her third-round loss to Sorana Cirstea on the US Open over a month in the past. Against this, Zheng was coming off a run to the gold medal ultimately week’s Asian Video games.
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However any rust Rybakina might need had was rapidly shaken off as she eased to yet one more victory at a WTA 1000 occasion. Rybakina has gained 24 matches at WTA 1000 occasions this season, greater than some other participant on tour. The 2 titles Rybakina has gained in 2023 have been at this event degree, hoisting trophies at Indian Wells and Rome.
Match breakdown: Of their solely earlier assembly, Rybakina needed to survive a tricky match with Zheng en path to her Wimbledon title final 12 months. Rybakina powered via a 7-6(4), 7-5 win over Zheng within the third spherical earlier than capturing her maiden main.
However Rybakina had a a lot simpler time attaining victory this time, the place she by no means confronted a break level and gained almost twice as many factors as Zheng (54 to twenty-eight).
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Zheng’s 14 winners had been double Rybakina’s seven within the match, however the Chinese language participant had 16 unforced errors whereas a virtually pristine Rybakina solely had 4.
Rybakina dominated from the start, successful the primary 9 factors of the match. Serving down 5-0, Zheng obtained on the scoreboard ultimately with a commanding maintain, however Rybakina slammed the door on a possible comeback, firing a forehand winner to wrap up the primary set.
It was an analogous scenario within the second set, and Rybakina ended the match the identical approach she began it, with a love service maintain.
Maria awaits: Rybakina will now tackle Tatjana Maria of Germany within the second spherical. It is going to be the primary assembly between Rybakina and Maria — they almost met in final 12 months’s Wimbledon remaining, however Maria fell to Ons Jabeur in a three-set semifinal earlier than Rybakina went on to beat Jabeur within the remaining.
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