Wang advances in Dalian, injured Zhang out
Top seed Wang Qiang moved into the second round of the Dalian Women's Tennis Open on Wednesday by beating Nigina Abduraimova in straight sets.
Wang, a semi-finalist in the WTA 125K hard-court event last year, started the tournament in her homeland with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) triumph over the world number 172 from Uzbekistan.
Abduraimova put together a run to the last four in Wuhan back in July and caused problems for Wang, but could only grasp two of 10 break-point opportunities and failed to hold on three occasions.
Zhang Kai-Lin, seeded five, also bowed out on day two of the tournament, retiring due to injury in the deciding set when trailing 6-2 4-6 4-1 to the 2015 runner-up Julia Glushko.
Duan Ying-Ying is in the hunt for a tournament victory on home soil following a 6-3 7-5 success against Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Tamira Paszek, Jana Cepelova, Na-Lae Han and Grace Min also made it through to round two along with Misa Eguchi, Kristyna Pliskova and Wang Yafan.