World No. 3, Elina Svitolina made a confident start to her China Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-2 first round victory over Chinese wildcard Zhu Lin.
Zhu, currently ranked 115 in the world, struggled for rhythm as she committed 32 unforced errors during the match.
She was often pushed further down the baseline by her Ukrainian opponent, who fired 19 winners to seal victory.
“I was very happy to be back and playing well,” she said after the match. It’s my first tournament after the US Open, so it was very exciting. I was excited to play, and I’m happy to have played solid tennis today. I’m looking forward to my next match,” an elated Elina said after the match.
Last year’s semi-finalist Svitolina will meet Wuhan Open runner-up Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the second round.
In other matches, fourth seed Karolina Pliskova also made an impressive start to the tournament, beating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-4.
Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki advanced into the second round with a 6-1 6-7(4) 6-1 win over home favourite Wang Qiang.
Also, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska began her title defence with a convincing 7-5 6-3 win over Carina Witthoeft.
The China Open started on the 30th of Sept., and will run through to 8th of October.