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Home favourite eases through

Li Na made untroubled progress into the second round of the Shenzen Open in China as she defeated Russian Vera Zvonareva on Tuesday.

The top seed claimed a tight first set 7-5 but her opponent then ran out steam and Li claimed the second 6-3 to ease into the next round.

There was another home victory in the only second-round match of the day as fifth seed Shuai Peng claimed a comfortable 6-3 6-3 win over Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

Ukrainian Nadiya Kichenok will face Li in the next round after she took the first set 6-0 against Hungary's Timea Babos who then retired hurt when 2-0 down in the second.

Chan Yung-jan of Chinese Taipei shocked sixth seed Shuai Zhang as she came back from a set down to knock her out.

Zhang claimed the opener 6-3 but Chan fought back to take the next two 6-4 and 6-2 to set up a meeting with Romanian Monica Niculescu who beat Slovakia's Anna Schmiedlova 4-6 6-2 6-3.