Agnieszka Radwanska begins defence of Tianjin Open title with comfortable 6-1 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria 

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Agnieszka Radwanska dropped just 18 games in five matches as she romped to overall victory 12 months ago, and – having secured China Open success last week – looked keen to pick up where she left off this time around, racing into a 5-0 first-set lead.
World number 109 Maria had no answer to the Pole, opening up a solitary break point, which Radwanska saved in the final game as she took five match points to secure progression to the second round, where Evgeniya Rodina awaits.

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Wednesday’s other matches were second-round contests, with number-two seed Svetlana Kuznetsova among those to earn a quarter-final spot.

The Russian beat Croatian Donna Vekic 7-5 6-4 as the 20-year-old’s erratic serve produced five aces but resulted in just 44 per cent of first serves landing in.
Naomi Osaka is next on Kuznetsova’s agenda after beating Lucie Hradecka 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

Danka Kovinic and Han Xinyun also progressed to the last eight with victories on Wednesday.

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