Shenzhen - Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska breezed through the second round
of the WTA Shenzhen Open on Wednesday in straight sets, leaving her one
of only two seeds left in the tournament.
The world number five
and winner of the WTA Finals in Singapore in November sent her home
opponent Zhang Shuai packing 6-1, 7-5 in an hour and 10 minutes.
Romanian third seed Irina-Camelia Begu went out, retiring half-way
through the second set against Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam, having lost
the first 7-5.
Begu's compatriot, fourth seed Monica Niculescu,
was also eliminated from the $500 000 tournament in the southern Chinese
boom town, with Hungary's Tmea Babos, ranked 70 in the world, beating
her 6-1, 6-4.
Aside from Radwanska, the only other seed to reach
Thursday's quarter-finals was Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, the number six
seed beating Nicole Gibbs of the US 6-4, 6-2.