Puig on song in Guangzhou
Monica Puig was among the winners on the opening day of the Guangzhou Open.
The Puerto Rican has had a good year on the WTA Tour, rising from a season-opening 127 to her current ranking of 48.
And she looked impressive again in China, battling hard to beat Nadiya Kichenok of Ukraine 7-5 7-6 (7/4) in two hours and 23 minutes.
The eighth seed will meet Galina Voskoboeva next following the Kazakhstani's 6-3 6-1 defeat of Petra Cetkovska.
Sixth seed Hsieh Su-Wei is through thanks to a 6-1 6-2 win against Paula Ormaechea while there were also wins on Monday for Shuai Zhang, Vania King, Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta.