Wuhan - World number six Agnieszka Radwanska was dumped out of the $2.4
million WTA Wuhan Open on Monday by a determined Caroline Garcia of
France, while Maria Sharapova won her first match of the inaugural
Fourth seed Russian Sharapova defeated compatriot
Svetlana Kuznetsova in the evening match, while any hope of a Chinese
singles victory was extinguished when US Open semi-finalist Peng Shuai
crashed out to Germany's Mona Barthel.
Radwanska was looking to
book her place in the end-of-season championships in Singapore with a
strong showing in Wuhan, but was defeated by a stunning fightback from
Garcia, who was a set down in the second-round match.
had claimed the scalp of Venus Williams in the first round, took the
second and third sets at the tie-break in her two hour and 42 minute
duel with Radwanska.
The 20-year-old rising star, who is ranked 49th by the WTA, punched the air and jumped with delight after claiming victory.
"I knew I was still close even when I lost the first set, and that I could maybe win the second and third," Garcia told AFP.
"I always tried to believe in it."
Radwanska said she still hoped to make next month's WTA Championships
in Singapore with a good performance at the China Open in Beijing, which
follows the Wuhan tournament, but was reeling from her exit in Wuhan.
"I think it was tough match from beginning to the end. I think it was very tight game," the former world number two told AFP.
"Definitely I could have done better in the moments that I should have really stepped forward."
World number four Sharapova took two hours nine minutes to dispose of Kuznetsova and take her place in the third round.
who is ranked 25th, claimed the opening set 6-3, but Sharapova then
took command, winning the remaining sets 6-2, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Peng Shuai failed to reproduce the heroics which saw her reach the last four at Flushing Meadows.
losing the fist set to Barthel 6-2, the 28-year-old staged a brief
fightback midway through the second set, only for the German to force a
tie-break which she comfortably won.
Her loss means no Chinese
player made it through the first round of the tournament, which is held
in the home city of recently-retired two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na.
at Wuhan, Alize Cornet of France set up a meeting with world number one
Serena Williams in the second round following her two-set victory over
Romina Oprandi of Switzerland in her first match.
arrived in Wuhan with her confidence high after reaching the final at
the WTA Guangzhou Open on Saturday, took the game with ease at 6-2, 6-1.
has already beaten Williams twice this year, handing the American
power-hitter her earliest defeat at Wimbledon for nine years in June,
and also winning at Dubai in February.
Doubles specialist Sara Errani beat British rising hope Heather Watson 7-5, 6-4 in their opening singles match.
The Italian will face Alison Riske of the USA at the next stage.
Sabine Lisicki defeated Czech world number 15 Lucie Safarova in three
sets, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, while tenth seed Jelena Jankovic beat Christina
McHale of the USA 6-4, 6-4 in their first-round match.
world number 20 Samantha Stosur continued her miserable run of form,
crashing out of her second competition in China at the first stage in a
The 2011 US Open winner and former world number four lost to
Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 after going out
early on at the WTA Guangzhou Open as top seed last Tuesday.
The Wuhan Open in China's central province of Hubei features the world's top 20 women players.
Results from the $2.4 million WTA tournament in Wuhan on Monday (x denotes seeded player):
Caroline Garcia (FRA) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x5) 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (9/7)
Maria Sharapova (RUS x4) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Ana Ivanovic (SRB x9) 7-5, 6-5 (Pavlyuchenkova won after retirement from Ivanovic)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) bt Samantha Stosur (USA) 6-4, 6-4
Mona Barthel (GER) bt Peng Shuai (CHN) 6-2, 7-6 (7/1)
Sara Errani (ITA x11) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 7-5, 6-4
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-3, 6-2
Madison Keys (USA) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x12) 4-6, 6-3, 0-0 (Keys won after retirement from Cibulkova)
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) bt Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-1, 7-5
Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA x15) 6-1, 6-4
Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Romina Oprandi (SUI) 6-2, 6-1
Sabine Lisicki (GER) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x14) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) bt Zhang Kailin (CHN) 7-5, 6-4
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) bt Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA) 7-5, 7-5
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x10) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-4, 6-4