Beijing - World number five Tomas Berdych
was stunned in straight sets by Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas as he became the latest
seed to exit the rollercoaster China Open on Wednesday.
The second-seeded Czech, who won the
rain-delayed Shenzhen Open final on Monday, was sent packing 6-4, 6-4 a little
over 24 hours after arriving in Beijing and after only 107 minutes on court.
Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the
fifth and eighth seeds, had also failed to negotiate the first round in what
has been an eventful tournament so far.
"I made one tournament title. The
other one didn't go my way," shrugged Berdych after his first-round defeat
to the 37th-ranked Cuevas.
"It's always a difficult part of the
year," he added. "We have to travel a lot. The conditions are always
very different, very difficult, week by week here in China. It's not easy to
It was a different story for Garbine
Muguruza, who retired from last week's Wuhan Open final against Venus Williams
with an ankle problem but bounced back to beat Irina Falconi 6-2, 6-1.
The Spaniard, nicknamed
"Mushroom" by Beijing fans because her name sounds like
"mushroom" in Chinese, will now qualify for the WTA Finals if she
wins her next match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
"I think I want to finish in a good
way the year. I want to go on holidays and say, Look, I had a great year, I did
everything I could, to go off the court feeling that I did all my effort,"
However, 13th seed Andrea Petkovic's China
Open is over after she was bundled out in three sets by Italy's Sara Errani,
3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
With Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova
both missing Beijing, the women's draw has been prised wider open by the
retirements of Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard, and Petra Kvitova's early