Weather keeps Cornet in hunt as Lisicki ends drought

Alize Cornet will resume her first-round match with Jennifer Brady down a set after rain forced their clash to be suspended.

French tennis player Alize Cornet was trailing 6-0, 2-1 against Jennifer Brady when rain brought a halt to proceedings at the Guangzhou Open.   -  Getty Images

Top seed Alize Cornet will need to produce a comeback to stay in the Guangzhou Open after losing the first set to Jennifer Brady before bad weather delayed their first-round match.

Cornet, playing in the first match since her US Open opening-round loss - when she was controversially given a code violation for removing her top after putting it on the wrong way around, was trailing 6-0, 2-1 when rain brought a halt to proceedings.

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Ana Bogdan's clash with Christina McHale was also suspended with the former leading 4-2. Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki beat veteran Vera Zvonareva 6-4 6-2, claiming her first WTA win of another injury hit year since February to set up a tie with Yulia Putintseva, who overcame Sara Sorribes Tormo.

There were also wins for Vera Lapko, Fiona Ferro and Bernarda Pera.

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At the Korea Open third seed Maria Sakkari eased to a 6-0, 6-1 success against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in just 62 minutes.

Stefanie Voegele battled past Choi Ji-hee and Tamara Zidansek got the better of Polona Hercog.