Beijing, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, fourth-
seeded Chinese star Li Na and last week's Tokyo titlist Petra Kvitova were
among the winners Wednesday at the $5 million China Open.
The former Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska rolled past American Madison Keys
6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round on the hardcourts at the National Tennis
The 2011 China Open champion and 2009 runner-up Radwanska's opponent on
Thursday will be Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog.
Li and the ninth-seeded Kvitova secured berths in the quarterfinals, as
Li handled 13th-seeded Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 6-4 and Kvitova
upended fifth-seeded former French Open runner-up Sara Errani 6-4, 6-7 (3-7),
6-3 on Day 5. The hot Kvitova is seeking her second title in two weeks after
claiming her championship in Tokyo.
The heavy crowd favorite Li and Kvitova will clash in the quarters on Friday.
In other second-round action, eighth-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena
Jankovic, who titled here in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2007, held off
Kazakhstani qualifier Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, the aforementioned
Hercog humbled 14th-seeded former top-ranked star Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4, and
2011 Beijing runner-up Andrea Petkovic of Germany doused two-time Grand Slam
champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Kuznetsova titled here in 2006 and
2009 and was a runner-up in 2004 and 2008.
The third round will wrap-up on Thursday, including matches for top-seeded
2004 Beijing champ Serena Williams and sixth-seeded former world No. 1 and
2010 Beijing titlist Caroline Wozniacki. The U.S. and French Open champion
Williams will meet 2005 Beijing winner Maria Kirilenko, while Wozniacki will
battle 11th-seeded American Sloane Stephens.
The high-flying Williams is a brilliant 78-4 this year and seeking her 10th
title of 2013.
The 2013 China Open titlist will collect $860,000.
The Sports Network