Toray Pan Pacific Open: Qinwen Zheng Leads Chinese Players' Partial Surge Into R16

Qinwen Zheng leads the partial rise of Chinese players in R16


Chinese players had a bit of mixed results on the first day of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan on Monday. Of the four Chinese players who played their first round matches, two advanced to the second round and two were left out of the event.

Qinwen Zheng won her first match against local favorite Misaki Doi, 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 20 minutes. Zheng won 78% of her first serve points to Doi’s 53%. She saved three of the four break points she faced while she converted four of the seven break points that came her way on the latter’s serve.

In the second round, Zheng will play top seed Paula Badosa. The Spaniard received a bye in the first round. Xinyu Wang was the only other Chinese player to reach the second round. Wang defeated Australian qualifier Ellen Perez 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

Theirs was the only game that went all the way in the Japanese capital on its first day of play. Wang will face eighth seed Elena Rybakina or Liudmila Samsonova next. Meanwhile, in an all-qualifier round of 16 clash, Greece’s Despina Papamichail defeated Chinese qualifier Xiaodi You.

Papamichail needed an hour and 55 minutes to claim a 6-4, 6-2 victory for herself. Next up for her will be third seed Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard also received a bye in the first round. Elise Mertens ousted Qiang Wang in their first round match.

The Belgian cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 victory in 82 minutes.

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Mertens’s next rival will be the American Claire Liu. Liu caused the only upset of the day when she eliminated her fellow American, seventh-seeded Alison Riske-Amritraj.

Liu needed an hour and 20 minutes to claim a 6-2, 6-3 win. Lastly, Petra Martic also made it to the second round. The Croatian defeated Japanese qualifier Rino Saigo in a one-sided match, 6-1, 6-1 in just 69 minutes. Martin will play second-seeded Caroline Garcia for a chance to reach the Toray Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals.

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