WTA Tour

Defending champ Duan dumped out of Jiangxi Open

2017-07-25 16:35
Tennis ball (File)

Beijing - Australia's world number 132 Arina Rodionova stunned defending champion and home favourite Duan Yingying in the first round of the WTA Jiangxi Open in China on Tuesday.

Russian-born Rodionova saw off the world-ranked 64 Duan in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, in one hour and 42 minutes in sweltering Nanchang, southeastern China.

Fifth seed Duan, standing at over six feet (1.82 metres), towered over the diminutive Rodionova.

But that counted for nothing as the 27-year-old Australian powered a forehand winner to seal a convincing victory on the Jiangxi Open hard courts.

"It was really tough conditions, it's very humid," Rodionova told the WTA website.

"I've played her this year twice and I lost both times 7-6 in the third (set) so I knew it was going to be a really hard and physical match.

"I was preparing myself for it. I think today it was a little bit hard for both of us. I'm glad to manage to get through."

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic, 32, a former world number one, made it a second Chinese loser on the day as she swatted aside Kang Jiaqi 6-2, 7-5.

But three other home players -- Wang Yafan, Lu Jingjing and Zhu Lin -- were all victorious to get into the second round.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.