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Djokovic, Murray advance at China Open in Beijing

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia opened his China Open defense with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Gong Maoxin of China to ease into the second round Tuesday.

sports Updated: Oct 05, 2010 19:58 IST

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia opened his China Open defense with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Gong Maoxin of China to ease into the second round Tuesday.

No. 2-ranked Djokovic, this year's U.S. Open runner up won 87 percent of his first serve points and took just 1 hour, 11 minutes to beat Gong.

"It feels good to be back at a court where I've had a lot success in the last couple years," Djokovic said. Britain's Andy Murray, the No. 2 seed, also had an easy win, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-2, 6-3, while third-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden dropped the first set before downing Tommy Robredo of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Murray served up 10 aces to beat Mathieu, who was once ranked 12th in the world, but has since been plagued by injuries and had to go through qualifying to make the main draw in Beijing.

In other first round matches Tuesday, Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 6-4 and Spain's Nicolas Almagro defeated Lukasz Kubot of Poland 7-5, 6-2.

In the second round of women's singles, former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova made 18 unforced errors in losing to Russian compatriot Elena Vesnina 7-6 (3), 6-2. That followed her dismal performance last week in Tokyo where she crashed out in the opening round. Shahar Peer of Israel beat Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-2, while Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 7-5, 6-7, 6-2.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark begins her bid for the No. 1 ranking on Wednesday against Italy's Sara Errani. A quarterfinal finish in Beijing will ensure she replaces Serena Williams as the top player in the world.
Hometown fans had something to cheer when Li Na defeated Alisa Kleybanova of Russia 6-1, 6-4.