MOSCOW, December 30 (R-Sport) - Britain’s Laura Robson booked her place in the second round of the Shenzhen Open on Sunday with a straight-sets win over Romania's Edina Gallovits-Hall, at a major warm-up event for next month's Australian Open.
Seventh seed Robson, 18, breezed past her opponent 6-2, 6-1 and now faces another Romanian in the second round after Monica Niculescu beat Chinese wildcard Saisai Zheng 6-4, 7-5.
Elsewhere in the draw, Taiwanese fourth seed Su-Wei Hsieh knocked out Hungary’s Melinda Czink in a 6-3, 6-2 win and now faces German player Annika Beck, who beat Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-4.
The schedule for Monday’s play includes second seed Marion Bartoli’s match with Hong Kong wildcard Wing-Yau Chan, but does not show top seed Li Na’s clash with Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella, likely to be played Tuesday.
The $500,000 hard-court Shenzhen Open is being played for the first time.
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