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Petkovic ousts Azarenka at China Open

11:22 AM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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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 Beijing finale.

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.

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