American Christina McHale was the second ranked player dumped out on the opening day, with the seventh seed losing in straight sets to France’s Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-1.
Tournament top seed Agnieszka Radwanska has her opening match today against 2011 winner Greta Arn, who had to rely on the luck of the draw to make the field.
Arn lost her final-round match in the qualifying tournament to Thai player Nudnida Laungnam, but her name was later drawn at random from among four players to replace Kristina Mladenovic, who was a late withdrawal from the Classic.
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Second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France sailed into the second round of the Shenzhen Open on Monday with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Hong Kong’s Chan Wingyau.
Bartoli will next play Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele, who beat Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4, 7-5.
Julia Cohen of US also advanced, recovering to beat 80th-ranked Nina Bratchikova of Russia 0-6, 7-6, 7-5.
In other first-round matches, fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic defeated her countrywoman Andrea Hlavackova 6-1, 6-1 while No. 6 Peng Shuai of China beat Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-4, 6-0.
Eighth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia also earned a second-round berth with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Alexandra Cadantu of Romania.
Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen beat Silvia Soler Espinosa of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, while Japan’s Ayumi Morita beat Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan 6-4, 6-4.
Additional reporting by Staff writer