Guangzhou, China (Sports Network) - Defending champion Chanelle Scheepers of
South Africa was among the winners Monday on the first day of play at the
The fifth-seeded Scheepers captured her maiden WTA title last year, beating
Magdalena Rybarikova in the final. On Monday, she opened defense of that crown
with a 6-0, 6-3 rout of Chinese wild card Wang Qiang.
Other first-round winners Monday included Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski,
Luxembourg's Mandy Minella and rising British star Laura Robson.
Jovanovski cruised past Hungary's Timea Babos, 6-1, 6-3, while Minella went
the distance in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 triumph over Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier.
Robson held a 6-2, 3-1 advantage over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor when the
Spaniard retired because of a left thigh strain.
The 18-year-old Robson is playing for the first time since her run to the
fourth round at the U.S. Open, where she sent Kim Clijsters into retirement
with a second-round win and followed with an upset of China's Li Na before
falling to Samantha Stosur.
First-round play continues Tuesday with top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France
and 2010 Guangzhou winner Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia in action. Bartoli
will take on Taiwan lucky loser Kai-Chen Chang, while Gajdosova will meet
Thailand's Nudnina Luangnam.
The winner of this WTA International event will earn a first prize of $37,000.
The Sports Network