Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Former top-10 star Andrea Petkovic ousted
top-seeded and defending champion Victoria Azarenka in an opening-round match
Monday at the $5.185 million China Open tennis event.
The German Petkovic, a runner-up here two years ago, surprised the second-
seeded former world No. 1 Azarenka 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Day 3 on the hardcourts at
the National Tennis Center.
The Australian Open champion Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova in last year's
Meanwhile, fifth-seeded former French Open runner-up Sara Errani avoided an
upset by leveling Japan's Misaki Doi 6-3, 6-2 in a second-round affair.
In other action involving seeds, eighth-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena
Jankovic overcame Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 and 14th-
seeded former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic handled Italian Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (11-9),
6-1 in opening-round bouts. Jankovic titled here back in 2008.
In some other first-round play, Zhang Shuai whipped fellow Chinese Peng Shuai
6-3, 6-3; Serb Bojana Jovanovski drubbed Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-2;
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard topped Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-1;
Slovenian Polona Hercog vanquished Puerto Rican Monica Puig 6-1, 6-4;
Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva grounded Canadian Sharon Fichman 6-4, 6-3; and
former top-five Russian star Svetlana Kuznetsova dismantled Taiwan's Su-Wei
Hsieh 6-1, 6-1. Kuznetsova was the China Open champ in 2006 and 2009 and
runner-up in 2004 and 2008.
The 2013 China Open titlist will collect $860,000.
The Sports Network