Dubai, – Croatia’s Ana Konjuh breezed into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after beating China’s Zhang Shuai 6-0, 6-1 on Monday.
The score was a surprise given Zhang’s impressive run in Doha last week when she beat Garbine Muguruza en route to the quarterfinals.
But she found her Croatian opponent on devastating form, producing a display of awesome power hitting to seal a second-round meeting with Australia’s Sam Stosur.
In another match, Chinese player, Peng Shuai defeated Leisa Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 to set up a second-round clash with Barbora Strycova. Surprises continued on Court 1 with Catherine Bellis eliminating 17th seed Yulia Putintseva 6-1, 7-5. Meanwhile, qualifier Elise Mertens upset Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 6-2 on Court 3.
Bellis, ranked 70th in the world, found herself 5-1 down in the second set before reeling off an incredible six games on the trot to seal a remarkable victory.
Elsewhere, Kateryna Bondarenko survived an opening-set blip to come through 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. Misaki Doi claimed a notable win against Madison Brengle, the Japanese beating the American in three tight sets.
Source: Qatar News Agency