Kvitova enters last-16, Kerber, Wozniacki lose

Wuhan, September 23

Twice Wuhan Open champion Petra Kvitova and holder Aryna Sabalenka moved into the last-16 after recording straight-set victories in the second round here today.

Czech Kvitova, who won the title in 2014 and 2016, needed one break in the second set against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog to wrap up the match 7-6(6) 6-3 after the opener went with serve.

Although Kvitova had six double faults, the world No. 7 won 75 percent of her first service points and also saved two break points to win in one hour and 42 minutes.

Belarusian Sabalenka advanced with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Danielle Collins, dispatching the American in 51 minutes. Sabalenka fired down seven aces and broke her 25-year-old opponent six times.

Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Anastasija Sevastova fell to unseeded opponents in the first round. Wozniacki, seeded 13th, lost to Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 7-6(2) 6-1 6-2. Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig defeated the 11th-seeded Kerber 7-6(5) 5-7 6-1 in almost three hours. Puig now has a 3-3 record against Kerber, including a win in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

American Christina McHale ousted 14th seed Sevastova 4-6 6-3 6-3 to advance to the Round of 32.

Top seeds Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep — who got first-round byes — play on Tuesday. — Agencies