Zvonareva ousts Peng in Shen­zhen


For­mer world num­ber two Vera Zvonareva, who has plum­meted to 250 in the rank­ings, took her first steps in a 2015 come­back at­tempt by oust­ing home favourite and num­ber three seed Peng Shuai at the Shen­zhen Open on Tues­day.

The 30-year-old was a fi­nal­ist at both Wim­ble­don and the US Open in 2010 but has since been dogged by in­jury and ill­ness.

Peng, China s top women s player fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Li Na last year, took the first set in their first round match but the Rus­sian ground out the last two to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 24 min­utes. Top seed and world num­ber three Si­mona Halep sur­vived a scare against An­nika Beck of Ger­many. The world num­ber 55 broke Halep to take a 3-2 lead in the de­cid­ing set, but the Ro­ma­nian took the next four games to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. —

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