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Ostapenko, Cibulkova through, Cornet corners Kuznetsova in Wuhan

WUHAN, China - Eighth seed Jelena Ostapenko battled back from a set down to beat Barbora Strycova, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.

The Czech ran away with the opening set before the French Open champion staged a comeback to force a decider. The match was then interrupted by a heat break, which riled Strycova even further, and when they returned to court the Latvian was unstoppable.

Jelena Ostapenko fought back against Barbora Strycova, Dominika Cibulkova had no problems against Swiss wildcard Jil Teichmann, while Alizé Cornet pulled off a straight-sets shock against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
In a tetchy encounter marked by controversial line calls, Ostapenko felt she coped with the difficult conditions better.

“It was not amazing to play on a court without Hawk-Eye. But, I mean, I'm a fighter. I went out there and showed my best, fought until the end and won the match,” she said.

“It was a tough match today because I just arrived from Seoul yesterday, having won the tournament there. Conditions were tough. The heat rule was in force when we played.

“I'm really happy that I was fighting till the end, even though I was down in the second set, and won the match.”

Elsewhere, seventh seed Dominika Cibulkova breezed through to the third round, beating Swiss wildcard Jil Teichmann 6-2, 6-2.

The Slovakian was in command from the off, dominating the Swiss player's serve and crushing her returns.

Alizé Cornet created a major shock as she outplayed sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, coming through in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

There was also a two-set win for fellow Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, who built on her success against Angelique Kerber to end Christina McHale’s challenge with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Ekaterina Makarova, meanwhile, got the better of  Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-4, but there was some consolation for the American contingent as Varvara Lepchenko beat Kiki Bertens, 6-4, 6-4.

In the other matches, Elena Vesnina came through 6-2, 6-4 against Elise Mertens, and Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig beat Peng Shuai 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Home favourite Wang Qiang continued to please the crowds after her first-round victory over US Open champion Sloane Stephens by defeating Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-3. 

Source: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/ostapenko-cibulkova-through-cornet-corners-kuznetsova-wuhan

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