Former world number two Vera Zvonareva, who has plummeted to 250 in the rankings, took her first steps in a 2015 comeback attempt by ousting home favourite and number three seed Peng Shuai at the Shenzhen Open on Monday.
World number three Petra Kvitova opened her campaign to win a second consecutive tournament in China in commanding style Wednesday as she dumped out home-crowd favourite Peng Shuai in the $5.4 million China Open.
With huge resources, a Soviet-style sports regime geared to churning out champions and an insatiable desire to win gold, the question is not whether China will top the medal standings at the Incheon Asian Games but by how much.
Chinese netizens hailed Peng Shuai as the "pride" of the country after a heat-related illness ended her US Open dream, with fans extolling her journey from childhood heart surgery to Grand Slam semi-final.
Two-times defending champion Serena Williams, in her black and white leopard dress, started quietly before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
China`s Peng Shuai knocked out her third seeded player in a row and Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic beat a former world number one in fourth-round wins on Sunday to set up an unlikely U.S. Open quarter-final.
Sania Mirza and Cara Black survived a thriller in the semifinals as they carved out a hard-earned 7-6(3) 3-6 13-11 victory to set up a Rogers Cup doubles final against top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci here.