Zheng out early at Shenzhen Open

Zheng Saisai fell at the first hurdle at the Shenzhen Open, but Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova came through unscathed on Sunday.

Chinese star Zheng Saisai   -  Getty Images

Sixth seed and home favourite Zheng Saisai crashed out of the Shenzhen Open in the first round on Sunday, losing to Pauline Parmentier 6-2 3-6 6-2.

In her first match of the new season, Zheng was almost blown away early on as Parmentier claimed the opening set.

But a strong response in the second appeared to set the Chinese star on course for an opening victory, maintaining her bid by then rescuing two break points early in the third.

Zheng soon bowed under the pressure, though, and Parmentier confidently completed the first upset of the WTA International tournament.

There were no such troubles for eighth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who thrashed Ana Bogdan 6-0 6-1, while two-time grand slam finalist Vera Zvonareva also progressed.

Wang Yafan ensured there was a victory for the home supporters to celebrate and both Sorana Cirstea and Evgeniya Rodina headed through.