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.