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Defending champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the third round at the 2016 China Open on Monday as she beat Yulia Putintseva in two sets, as did world No. 1 Angelique Kerber. 

In the men’s draw, David Ferrer kicked off his tournament with a win as he overcame Pablo Cuevas in straight sets.

Later in the day, the likes of Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams will be in action.

Here are the results from Monday’s action:

2016 China Open
David Ferrer [5] bt. Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Lucas Pouille [6] vs. Yen-Hsun Lu
Roberto Bautista Agut [7] vs. John Millman
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Kyle Edmund
Garbine Muguruza [2] bt. Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 7-6 (5)
Angelique Kerber [1] bt. Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 6-4
Venus Williams [6] vs. Shuai Peng
Agnieszka Radwanska [3] vs. Ekaterina Makarova
Madison Keys [8] vs. Kristina Mladenovic
Karolina Pliskova [5] bt. Lucie Safarova 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-4
Yaroslava Shvedova bt. Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Timea Bacsinszky [12] vs. Lara Arruabarrena
Carolina Garcia vs. Julia Goerges
Elina Svitolina [16] bt. Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-2
Daria Gavrilova bt. Christina Mchale 6-4, 6-4
Daria Kasatkina bt. Louisa Chirico 6-2, 6-1
Barbora Strycova vs. Laura Siegemund

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The daily schedule for the event can be found here.

      

Recap

Muguruza started her match in fine fettle as she broke Putintseva twice on the way to claiming the opening set 6-2, successfully saving two break points against her all the while.

The WTA shared a look at the kind of tennis the Spaniard was playing:

The second set left much to be desired from Muguruza’s point of view, however, as the pair broke one another four times apiece.

Muguruza was particularly let down by her poor serving—according to Pro Tennis Live, she got her first serve in just 46 per cent of the time.

Putintseva’s shot-making also improved, as the WTA demonstrated:

The French Open champion twice missed the chance to serve out the match but was able to come out on top in a hard-fought tiebreaker.

As for Kerber, she exchanged breaks with Katerina Siniakova in the opening set before a second break of serve allowed her to serve it out after 38 minutes.

The German’s passing shots were as strong as ever, which she illustrated as she raced to a 3-0 lead in the second:

To her credit, the Czech player put in a valiant effort to try to mount a comeback, per TennisTV:

It was not enough, however, as Kerber ensured she would not be the victim of an upset and saw out the victory.

Meanwhile, Ferrer was made to work for his win over Cuevas.

With both players resolute on their own serve, it took until the final game of the first set—with Ferrer leading 5-4—for either player to earn their first break-point opportunity. It was the Spaniard who earned it, and he ruthlessly converted to draw first blood.

The second set was even tighter, with neither Ferrer nor Cuevas earning a single chance to break. It inevitably went to a tiebreaker, where Ferrer showed his class to see out the match comfortably.

Ferrer will face either Viktor Troicki or Fabio Fognini in the next round.



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