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No. 4 seed Lucia Bronzetti of Italy swept past Ya Yi Yang of Taiwan 6-1, 6-0 in an hour flat in first-round action at the Guangzhou Open on Tuesday in China.
Bronzetti broke Yang's serve five times in nine opportunities and won 21 of 27 first-service points while never losing her own serve. Her next opponent will be Japan's Moyuka Uchijima, who outlasted France's Jessika Ponchet 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
No. 3 seed Tatjana Maria of Germany also had an easy time in the first round, beat Alexandra Eala of the Philippines 6-3, 6-0.
Daria Saville of Australia rallied past Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, and Viktoria Hruncakova of Slovakia beat Russian Anna Kalinskaya 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3. Other first-round winners included Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland; Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan; and Xiyu Wang, Yue Yuan and Zhuoxuan Bai of China.
--Field Level Media