n the first round at the China Open Elina defeated Chinese Lin Zhu in an hour and 15 minutes. In the opener Elina made a break in the fourth game and it was enough to clinch the set. In the second set she took four games in a row from 2-all to finish the match in straight sets: 6-3 6-2. 

"It’s my first tournament after the US Open, so it was very exciting", Elina admitted after the match. "I was excited to play, and I’m happy to have played solid tennis today. I’m looking forward to my next match." 

In the second round Elina will face Ashleigh Barty of Australia, yestersday's runner-up at the Premier 5 in Wuhan. This year Elina has beaten Ashleigh at the Fed Cup and Wimbledon. 

"We’ve met a couple of times and both matches were tough. I know how she plays, very aggressively and she serves well. I’ll know to what to expect, and do my best to be ready for the match", Elina said.