Better day for seeds as Caroline Wozniacki, Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova win

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The seeds enjoyed a solid Monday at the China Open as Caroline Wozniacki, Noami Osaka and Karolina Pliskova all won in straight sets.

Top seed Simona Halep, who retired hurt in her first-round clash, as well as Petra Kvitova (fifth seed) and Elina Svitolina (sixth seed) exited on Sunday.

However, the seeds hit back with Wozniacki beating Belinda Bencic from Switzerland 6-2, 6-3.

The Australian Open champion will face Petra Matric next.

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova beat former US Open winner Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-4 to set up a second-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-1.

Eight-seeded Osaka also produced a commanding display as she raced to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Zarina Diyas to book an encounter against Danielle Collins.

Meanwhile, Garbine Muguruza was in even more emphatic form as she dropped only four games en route to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Ekaterina Makarova.

The Spaniard will face the in-form Aryna Sabalenka, fresh from winning the Wuhan Open on Saturday, in round two.


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