Sunday, September 30, 2012
Petkovic loses to Jankovic, Li beats Schiavone
Li Na of China thrashed ex-French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy in straight sets 6-2,6-3. Li, who has never won the China Open, needs a strong showing this week to qualify for the WTA Championships in Istanbul next month. Meanwhile Andrea Petkovic, last year's runner up to Agnieszka Radwanska, lost to her own doubles partner Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. Former champion Jankovic beat the German 6-2,6-4. Unseeded Monica Niculescu, last year's surprise semi finalist, off to another good start to the tournament when she upset the Czech Republic's 16th seed Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-0. Ayumi Morita of Japan knocked out Spain's Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-3, 6-0 and China's Peng Shuai beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.