In the second round of the Premier Mandatory-level event in Beijing Elina defeated World No. 23 Ashleigh Barty of Australia: 6-4, 6-2. 

In the opener Elina broke the Aussie's serve twice, losing only one of her games at the start. In the second set Elina scored two more breaks, at the same time not giving her opponent a single breakpoint on her own serve. For Elina it's her 50th victory this year and the 70th career win against top-50 players. 

Elena Vesnina will be her rival in the third round of China Open. The pair have already met four times with Vesnina winning the first two matches (Rome'14, Tianjin'15) and Elina prevailing in the previous two last season (New Haven and Zhuhai).