Li posts win on home soil

    10:08 AM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
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    Shenzhen, China (Sports Network) - Chinese tennis hero Li Na was an easy first-round winner Tuesday at the inaugural $500,000 season-opening Shenzhen Open.

    The top-seeded former French Open champion Li blew past Luxembourg's Mandy Minella 6-4, 6-0 on the hardcourts at Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center.

    Li's second-round opponent on Wednesday will be American Julie Cohen.

    Also on Wednesday, second seed Marion Bartoli will play her second-rounder against Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele.

    Another popular Tuesday win came when sixth-seeded Chinese Peng Shuai pasted Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-1.

    Meanwhile, German Annika Beck upset fourth-seeded Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-0; fifth-seeded Czech Klara Zakopalova defeated Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3; Romanian Monica Niculescu upended seventh-seeded British left-hander Laura Robson 6-2, 6-3; and eighth-seeded Serb Bojana Jovanovski blitzed Chinese wild card Duan Ying-Ying 6-3, 6-1 in round one.

    One other second-round match on Tuesday saw Chinese lucky-loser Yi-Miao Zhou erased American qualifier Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-2. Zhou replaced former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the draw.

    This event serves as a tune-up for the Australian Open, which starts January 14.

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