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BEIJING - World No 1 Dinara Safina was upset 7-5 7-6 by local wild card Zhang Shuai, ranked 226th, in the second round of the China Open yesterday, leaving Serena Williams one match away from reclaiming the top spot in the rankings.
Safina, who lost her opening match at last week's Pan Pacific Open to a qualifier, made 20 unforced errors and 12 double faults in the 126-minute contest before leaving the centre court in tears.
Serena's sister Venus, the world No 3, also had a bad day, losing to Russian teenager Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for the second week in a row, this time 3-6 6-1 6-4.
The world No 39 refused to be awed by Williams and dominated the final two sets of the match to claim her second win over the seven-time Grand Slam winner after last Monday's upset in Tokyo.
"She played really well, unfortunately sometimes I made errors too soon in the play," Williams, 29, said in a brief news conference. "Twelve double faults didn't help me. I wasn't counting those, though."
Pavlyuchenkova said: "She started way aggressive today. She wanted to kill me, I guess.
"I had nothing to lose. I just tried to move her around as much as I could, hit as hard as I could in the court and just enjoy the match."
Sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova joined her compatriot in the third round with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Novak Djokovic became the first seed to reach the men's second round with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Victor Hanescu. - Reuters