Radwanska survives Chinese challenge

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  • Agnieszka Radwanska
    Agnieszka Radwanska
    Polish tennis player

Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska saved three match points before edging Duan Ying-ying of China 6-2 6-7 (7-4) 7-5 in the first round of the Shenzhen Open on Monday.

Radwanska, the defending champion, cruised through the first set without facing a break point, but struggled in the final two sets, dropping serve five times to the 103rd-ranked wildcard.

The Pole relied on her strong defence to close out the match in just under two and a half hours, chasing down a well-placed drop shot and hitting a forehand crosscourt winner to set up match point.

In other matches, second-seeded Simona Halep, the 2015 champion, defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-1 3-6 6-3; third-seeded Johanna Konta routed Cagla Buyukakcay 6-2 6-0; and Serbian qualifier Nina Stojanovic took out fifth-seeded Timea Babos 1-6 7-5 6-2.

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