China Open 2014 Day 3
China Open Men's Singles Second Round Tuesday Sept 30
1-Novak Djokovic beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 6-1
2-Rafa Nadal beat Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-0
3-Tomas Berdych beat Feliciano Lopez 6-1 6-2
6-Andy Murray beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(9) 6-4 6-2
8-John Isner beat Santiago Giraldo 6-1 6-3
Martin Klizan beat Leonardo Mayer 7-6(2) 6-7(3) 6-4
Pablo Cuevas beat Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(3) 3-6 6-4
Tommy Robredo beat Andreas Seppi 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2
Pablo Andujar beat Julien Benneteau 6-4 6-1
Peter Gojowczyk beat Ivo Karlovic 6-4 2-6 7-5
China Open Women's Singles Second Round Tuesday Sept 30
1-Serena Williams beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 6-3
2-Simona Halep beat Zhu Lin 7-5 6-4
Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-1
4-Maria Sharapova beat Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-2
7-Angelique Kerber beat Zarina Diyas 6-3 6-1
Roberta Vinci beat 5-Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-4
9-Ana Ivanovic beat Romina Oprandi 6-4 6-2
13-Lucie Safarova beat Mona Barthel 6-3 6-3
12-Ekaterina Makarova beat Polona Hercog 7-5 6-0
15-Andrea Petkovic beat Madison Keys 6-2 6-3
16-Venus Williams beat Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-3
Carla Suarez Navarro beat 14-Flavia Pennetta 6-1 3-6 6-2
Sabine Lisicki beat 8-Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-4
Nadal, Djokovic, Murray Win Openers
atpworldtour.com: September 30, 2014 Beijing, China - World No. 2 Rafael Nadal impressed on his comeback to the ATP World Tour on Tuesday in Beijing, defeating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 in the first round of the China Open.
Playing his first singles match in nearly 13 weeks, the Spaniard showed few signs of rust, dismissing Gasquet in 78 minutes. The 28-year-old Nadal, who has been sidelined since a fourth-round exit to Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon, was forced to miss the North American hard-court tournaments due to a right wrist injury.
Nadal is playing at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament for the fourth time. He lifted the trophy on his 2005 debut (d. Coria) and finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year. He goes on to face qualifier Peter Gojowczyk, who withstood 17 aces to edge Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
Top-seed Novak Djokovic declared he is ready for a fight to the finish as he looks to finish the season as World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the third time. The Serb took the first step in keeping his lead over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as he stormed through the Beijing first round on Tuesday.
In his first match back since reaching the US Open semi-finals, Djokovic worked through a slightly rusty start to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-1 at the China Open. The 27-year-old Djokovic moved to a 20-0 mark in Beijing. The next player to try and halt the Serb’s unbeaten run in the Chinese capital will be Vasek Pospisil, whom Djokovic leads 1-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
Pablo Andujar set a second-round clash with Grigor Dimitrov after beating Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-1. Benneteau was coming off a runner-up showing in Kuala Lumpur, where he lost out to Kei Nishikori in his 10th attempt at winning an ATP World Tour title. Tommy Robredo recovered from his exhausting Shenzhen final defeat against Andy Murray to beat Andreas Seppi 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 in two hours and 32 minutes, saving 19 of the 23 break points he faced. The Spaniard, who will face John Isner next.
Two days after saving five match points to win the Shenzhen Open crown, Andy Murray overcame a slow start to beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the China Open in Beijing on Tuesday. In a grueling final Sunday, the Scot had ended a 15-month title drought with victory over Tommy Robredo.
Murray goes on to face Pablo Cuevas, who edged qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes. Seventh seed Ernests Gulbis won 89 per cent of his first service points in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini.
Third seed Tomas Berdych sent out a message to his fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopefuls as he posted an emphatic 6-1, 6-2 victory over Feliciano Lopez. Berdych dropped just 10 points on serve and converted four of his 14 break points in the 63-minute match.
The Czech started the week at eighth in the Emirates ATP Race To London, just 25 points behind seventh-placed David Ferrer, who lost in the first round in Tokyo on Monday. The 29-year-old Berdych is bidding to qualify for the season finale for the fifth year in a row.
Eighth seed John Isner claimed his 36th win of the season as he defeated Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 6-3 in 61 minutes. The American fired 14 aces and saved the five break points he faced to dismiss Giraldo, who was coming off a semi-final showing in Shenzhen last week.
Serena Leads Seeds into Third Round; Radwanska, Bouchard, Pennetta Ousted
wtatennis.com: September 30, 2014 Beijing, China – Serena Williams looked sharp under the lights as she stormed past giant-killer Tsvetana Pironkova and into the third round of the China Open on Tuesday night. Some of the hopefuls for Singapore weren't so lucky at the Premier Mandatory-level tournament however.
The No.1-seeded Williams, who had gone to three sets against the Bulgarian in both of their previous meetings, was in no such mood this time, taking her out in just an hour and 12 minutes, 6-2, 6-3. Williams is one of four players who have already qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, along with Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova.
Kvitova had a day off Tuesday but Sharapova and Halep were both in action, the No.4-seeded Sharapova beating Elina Svitolina, 6-2, 6-2, and the No.2-seeded Halep making it past Chinese wildcard Zhu Lin, 7-5, 6-4.
Two of the leading contenders for the last four spots in the WTA Finals will have to wait another day though, as No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was bounced by the crafty Roberta Vinci, 6-4, 6-4, and No.8 seed Eugenie Bouchard hit 11 double faults en route to a 6-2, 6-4 loss against Sabine Lisicki.
Three other players still in contention for the WTA Finals advanced, with No.7 seed Angelique Kerber beating WTA Rising Star Zarina Diyas, 6-3, 6-1, No.9 seed Ana Ivanovic outdoing Romina Oprandi, 6-4, 6-2, and No.12 seed Ekaterina Makarova beating Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog, 7-5, 6-0.
One player whose hopes for qualifying for the WTA Finals were totally dashed, though, was Flavia Pennetta, the No.14 seed, who fell to Carla Suárez Navarro in a see-saw three-setter, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Rounding out the winners were No.13 seed Lucie Safarova, No.15 seed Andrea Petkovic, No.16 seed Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Williams had herself some revenge, taking out Caroline Garcia in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 - Garcia had beaten Williams in a nail-biter in Wuhan last week.