AAP Tennis

Stosur sees off Yang to advance in Tianjin

By AAP Newswire

Samantha Stosur is through to the second round of Tianjin Open in China after seeing off local favourite Zhaoxuan Yang 7-5 2-6 6-2.

The former US Open champion, who was handed a wildcard for the tournament, will now face sixth-seeded Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

Putintseva.survived a second-set scare to overcome Australia's Astra Sharma 6-1 1-6 7-5.

Sweden's Rebecca Peterson pulled off a shock win over former world No.1 Venus Williams.

The 24-year-old got the better of a match featuring 14 breaks of serve to win 6-3 4-6 6-3 in just over two hours.

French Fourth seed Caroline Garcia also had to fight for victory, coming from behind to triumph 2-6 6-2 6-2 over Anastasia Potapova of Russia.

The Chinese fans were cheered by Yafan Wang who beat Lauren Davis of the United States 6-0 6-4.

Britain's Heather Watson booked her place in round two with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine.