China's Zhang Shuai returns against Romania's Simona Halep during their women's singles quarter-final match on day eight of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2019. (GLYN KIRK / AFP)
MONTREAL - Chinese veteran Zhang Shuai topped 10th seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia to advance to the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal here on Tuesday.
The No.23 seed crashed out of the final round of the qualifiers, only to show up in the women's singles as the lucky loser, and played a slow start, trailing 1-4, but managed to cushion the blow and finally stormed to a hard-fought 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Sevastova.
Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova returns against US player Kristie Ahn during their women's singles first round match on the first day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2019. (GLYN KIRK / AFP)
Another win for a Chinese player saw Zheng Saisai, who captured her first WTA title in San Jose just two days ago, suffer a dismal first round exit after losing to German veteran Tatjana Maria.
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Zhang Shuai will face Ekaterina Alexandrova from Russia in the next round, who breezed past Japans' Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-2.
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