Erik Gudris/ Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Top seed Serena Williams advanced at the China Open after saving multiple set points against Italy's Francesca Schiavone.
Serena Williams saved three set points in a tight second round match versus Francesca Schiavone in
Beijing. Venus Williams made a quick exit while Sloane Stephens advanced.
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Despite only winning one game off of Williams in their last meeting at the US Open, Schiavone made things much more difficult for the World No. 1 in their second round match in Beijing. Both women stayed level with each other early before Williams secured a late break to claim the first set 6-4.
Schiavone surged forward though by breaking Williams in the first game of the second set. The Italian built a 5-3 lead and soon held three set points. But Williams saved all of them and then reeled of 15 of the last 17 points to take the 6-4, 7-5 victory.
"It didn't surprise me," Williams said about the match later. "I was definitely more surprised that I played so well in the Open, but it was a different circumstance - even though the scoreline looked much easier at the Open, it wasn't an easy match. But as for Francesca playing so well today, I wasn't surprised about that."
Williams will next face Maria Kirilenko in the third round.
Things did not go so well for Serena's older sister Venus Williams, who enjoyed a semifinal run in Tokyo last week. Facing No. 13 seed Sabine Lisicki, Williams had few answers against the recent Wimbledon finalist in their second rounder.
Lisicki smacked 29 winners en route to an easy 6-1, 6-2 win in 53 minutes.
Stephens Gets Revenge on Bouchard
In a rematch of their meeting last week in Tokyo, rising stars Sloane Stephens of the U.S. faced off yet again against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.
Though Bouchard won in Tokyo in three tight sets, today it was Stephens who came out the winner in another close three set battle 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
Stephens, who still has a chance to qualify for the upcoming WTA Championships later this month, will next face another player hoping to make it to Istanbul in Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki reached the third round earlier in the day with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Monica Niculescu of Romania.
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