Last week in Tokyo, Petra Kvitova had a highly anticipated semifinal with Venus Williams at the 2013 Toray Pan Pacific Open. That match lived up to the hype with three solid sets of tennis by both players. In the end, Petra would get by Venus 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7) en route to taking the title. Kvitova had another battle on her hands in the third round of the 2013 China Open facing the fifth seed, Sara Errani. Despite a bit of a lull in her play midway through, Petra was solid when she needed to be, winning 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-3. The 2011 Wimbledon Champion will barely get a chance to breathe as she faces another stiff challenge against 2011 Roland Garros champion Li Na. Li Na also had a dangerous opponent in round 3, but she was able to fight past Sabine Lisicki in a close straight setter, 7-5 6-4. Undoubtedly, Li Na will have the home crowd on her side regardless of who she plays at this event, but any match with Kvitova is a potential pitfall. If both players bring their A games, it could be a very thrilling match. However, both players are known to be streaky so it could also be a dud of a match. Let’s hope for the former and not the latter.
|singles – Third round|
| PETRA KVITOVA (CZE) D  SARA ERRANI (ITA)||| 6 – 4 | 6 – 7 (7) | 6 – 3 ||
| NA LI (CHN) D  SABINE LISICKI (GER)||| 7 – 5 | 6 – 4 ||
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JELENA JANKOVIC (at autograph session)
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (appearance at Mercedes-Benz booth)