Goerges triumphs over Konta in China
JOHANNA Konta made an early exit from the China Open after a first-round defeat to Julia Goerges.
The Briton fought back from a set down to line up a decider but the German 10th seed eventually prevailed 6-2 4-6 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes.
Aleksandra Krunic joined Goerges in the second round after she stunned world number six Elina Svitolina with a remarkable comeback having lost 10 of the opening 11 games.
The Serbian trailed 0-6 1-4 before winning seven games in a row en route to a 0-6 6-4 7-6 (7/4) success in just over two hours.
Fifth seed and 2014 finalist Petra Kvitova crashed out of the tournament after a 6-2 6-1 defeat to Australian Daria Gavrilova, while Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, seeded 12th, progressed following a 6-4 7-6 (7/3) win over Magdalena Rybarikova.
In yesterday’s other matches, Croatian Donna Vekic beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-4 and American Danielle Collins overcame Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-2 3-6 6-3.
In Uzbekistan, Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan won the Tashkent Open following a straightforward success over 17-year-old compatriot Anastasia Potapova.
Gasparyan, ranked 299th in the world, comfortably overcame her doubles partner 6-2 6-1 in just an hour and three minutes.
She broke her opponent twice in the opening three games en route to winning the first set, before repeating the trick in the second as she eased to victory.
Elsewhere, Aryna Sabalenka was crowned champion at the Wuhan Open in China following a straight-sets win over Anett Kontaveit.
Belarusian Sabalenka overcame her Estonian opponent 6-3 6-3.
The world number 20 secured a decisive break of serve in the fourth game of the opening set, before winning three successive games at the end of the second set to clinch the title.