China opener

Bri­tish num­ber three beats Gra­nollers to get on Bei­jing march

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - SPORT -

Bri­tish num­ber three Al­jaz Be­dene is through to the sec­ond round of the China Open in Bei­jing.

The world num­ber 50 saw off Mar­cel Gra­nollers 6-4, 6-2 to set up a meet­ing with an­other Spa­niard and fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Be­dene was in con­trol from the off against a player who prefers clay – the China Open is a hard­court tour­na­ment – and a sin­gle break of serve was enough to de­cide the first set. The sec­ond was more com­fort­able for the Bri­ton and a dou­ble break helped him seal his spot in the next round.

Spain’s Gargine Mugu­ruza con­tin­ues to lead the Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion rank­ings, with Bri­tain’s Jo­hanna Konta at num­ber eight de­spite her poor re­cent form. Lead­ing po­si­tions: 1 Gar­bine Mugu­ruza (Spa) 5680pt, 2 Karolina Pliskova (Cze) 5085, 3 Si­mona Halep (Rom) 5026,

l4 Elina Svi­tolina (Ukr) 4815, 5 Caro­line Woz­ni­acki (Den) 4620, 6 Venus Wil­liams (US) 4612, 7 Je­lena Ostapenko (Lat) 4121, 8 Jo­hanna Konta (GB) 3655, 9 Kristina Mlade­n­ovic (Fra) 2876, 10 Caro­line Gar­cia (Fra) 2855, 11 Svet­lana Kuznetsova (Rus) 2847, 12 Coco Van­deweghe (US) 2754, 13 Sloane Stephens (US) 2712, 14 Anas­tasija Sev­as­tova (Lat) 2345, 15 Madi­son Keys (US) 2213, 16 Anastasia Pav­lyuchenkova (Rus) 2195, 17 Elena Ves­nina (Rus) 2076, 18 Ash­leigh Barty (Aus) 2035, 19 An­gelique Ker­ber (Ger) 1978, 20 Do­minika Cibulkova (Svk) 1905, 21 Mag­dalena Ry­barikova (Svk) 1709, 22 Lu­cie Sa­farova (Cze) 1680, 23 Daria Gavrilova (Aus) 1675, 24 Ju­lia Go­erges (Ger) 1645, 25 Shuai Peng (China) 1630. 26 Kiki Bertens (Hol) 1625, 27 Mir­jana Lu­cic-Ba­roni (Cro) 1606, 28 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) 1590, 29 Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska (Pol) 1567, 30 Eka­te­rina Makarova (Rus) 1545, 31 Daria Kasatk­ina (Rus) 1540, 32 Anett Kon­taveit (Est) 1514, 33 Shuai Zhang (China) 1460, 34 Timea Bac­sin­szky (Swi) 1362, 35 Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) 1361, 36 Elise Mertens (Bel) 1335, 37 Al­ize Cor­net (Fra) 1312, 38 Petra Kvi­tova (Cze) 1262, 39 So­rana Cirstea (Rom) 1196, 40 Ana Kon­juh (Cro) 1177, 41 Cather­ine Car­tan Bel­lis (US) 1139, 42 Qiang Wang (China) 1130, 43 Ka­te­rina Sini­akova (Cze) 1120, 44 Mona Barthel (Ger) 1113, 45 Tat­jana Maria (Ger) 1094, 46 Le­sia Tsurenko (Ukr) 1092, 47 Sa­man­tha Sto­sur (Aus) 1088, 48 Lau­ren Davis (US) 1067, 49 Donna Ve­kic (Cro) 1065, 50 Maria Sakkari (Gre) 1064.

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