In the third round of the Premier Mandatory tournament in Beijing Elina defeated World no. 20 Elena Vesnina of Russia: 6-2, 7-5. 

In the first set Elina took five consecutive games from 1-2 down, converting three of eight breakpoints. Both players hold on serve in the second set until 3-all, when Vesnina managed to break first in a game that lasted 13 minutes. Elina broke back in the 10th game and played solid to win the next two games to reach the quarterfinals. 

Elina will face World No. 15 and a champion of last week in Wuhan Caroline Garcia of France for the spot in a semifinal. In 2015 Elina prevailed in their only previous meeting.