Venus Williams was knocked out by 19-year-old Naomi Osakain the second round of the Hong Kong Open. Second seed Williams, playing in her second match since the US Open, lost 7-5 6-2 to the Japanese, who is ranked 64th in the world. Petra Kvitova, also seeded second, suffered a shock defeat in her first-round match at the Tianjin Open. The Czech coughed up eight double faults as she lost 6-4 5-7 6-4 to world number 113 Zhu Lin of China. Kvitova has now lost five of the seven three-set matches she has played this year. 

 

 

In Tianjin, Russia's Maria Sharapova registered a straight-set win over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the second round. The former world number one, now ranked 86th in the world, took just 82 minutes to beat Begu 6-4 6-2. Sharapova converted all four of her break points to set up a meeting with Poland's Magda Linette. After rain interrupted the opening days of the tournament, Sharapova said, "It's been a long wait for everyone, it hasn't been easy. I had a first practice outdoors, and then I think it rained for 70 hours straight, unfortunately for the players. The good thing about this tournament is it has indoors, it's pretty state-of-the-art, and I trained at the National Tennis Centre as well, which was very impressive."

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