China`s Peng Shuai lays down marker in Thailand

Top seeded Peng Shuai of China breezed into the second round of Thailand`s Pattaya Open on Tuesday dispatching her Russian opponent with a routine 6-3, 6-2 victory.

China`s Peng Shuai lays down marker in Thailand

Bangkok: Top seeded Peng Shuai of China breezed into the second round of Thailand`s Pattaya Open on Tuesday dispatching her Russian opponent with a routine 6-3, 6-2 victory.

The Chinese number one, who made it into the last 16 at the Australian Open, took just an hour and a quarter to book her place in the next round against the callow Alla Kudryavtseva -- 86 places below her in the WTA rankings.

She was joined in the second round at the Thai beach resort by Japanese rising star Kurumi Nara who demolished local hope Nicha Lertpitaksinchai 6-2, 6-0.

Fellow Japanese Misaki Doi also dented Thai hopes by defeating Tamarine Tanasugarn 7-6,6-0.

In Monday`s action two-time Pattaya champion Vera Zvonareva cruised into the second round of the hardcourt $250,000 tournament, as the one-time Wimbledon finalist bids to make a comeback. The final is on Sunday.

Last year`s edition was won by current world number nine Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, her first WTA title in her breakout season.

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