A few years ago, Andrea Petkovic was a rising star on the WTA tour, bringing flash (the Petko Dance) and substance (her winning ways) to her matches. Unfortunately, Andrea was derailed by injury when things were looking their brightest. Perhaps with her stunning ouster of world #2 Victoria Azarenka from the 2013 China Open in the first round, Andrea can recapture the magic she once had. A China Open finalist in 2011, Petkovic handed Vika her second straight first round tournament defeat. Venus Williams beat Azarenka in the first round of the 2013 Toray Pan Pacific Open. While Vika cites not preparing well after her inspired run at the US Open, I still have to credit Venus and Andrea for seizing the opportunity. Definitely, the press thought Vika was prepared to be a threat in Beijing.
Advancing were Serbian stars Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic. Ana fought off a tough first set tiebreak against the dangerous Flavia Pennetta to emerge victorious, 7-6 (9) 6-1. Jelena took a set to find her footing, but when she did she was able to dismiss Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets, 1-6 6-4 6-0. It looked pretty omininous for both JJ and Ana as JJ was torched by Pavlyuchenkova in the first set and Ana had to fight back from 1-5 down in the first set against Pennetta. But a win is a win. Ana and JJ pulled out winning tennis when they needed to.
|singles – Second round|
|LUCIE SAFAROVA (CZE) D KAIA KANEPI (EST)||| 6 – 3 | 6 – 3 ||
| SARA ERRANI (ITA) D MISAKI DOI (JPN)||| 6 – 3 | 6 – 2 ||
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BOJANA JOVANOVSKI (day two autograph session)