Laura Robson in Round 2 of Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen: Britain`s Laura Robson booked her place in the second round of the Shenzhen Open, a major warm-up event for next month`s Australian Open, with a straight-sets win over Romania`s Edina Gallovits-Hall.

Seventh-seed Robson, 18, breezed past her opponent 6-2, 6-1 Sunday and now faces another Romanian in the second round after Monica Niculescu beat Chinese wildcard Saisai Zheng 6-4, 7-5.

Elsewhere in the draw, Taiwanese fourth seed Su-Wei Hsieh knocked out Hungary`s Melinda Czink in a 6-3, 6-2 win and now faces German player Annika Beck, who beat Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-4.

The USD 500,000 hard-court tournament is being played for the first time.

IANS

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