Han ousts Maria in Dalian


Eighth seed Tatjana Maria bowed out of the Dalian Women's Tennis Open when she was beaten by Han Xinyun in the first round on Tuesday.

Maria missed out on a place in the main draw at the US Open after losing to Laura Robson in qualifying and the German endured more misery on day one in Dalian, going down 6-4 6-4 to the unseeded Han.

The 121-ranked Maria won only 50 per cent of points on her first serve and was broken five times as Han marched into round two in her homeland.

Liu Fangzhou was a quarter-finalist in the WTA 125K Series event last year last year, but was beaten 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 by Rebecca Peterson on day one of the tournament 12 months later.

Anastasia Pivovarova, Aleksandra Krunic, Ipek Soylu and qualifier Peangtarn Plipuech all avoided early exits.