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China Open: Russia rules; China loses

2008-09-24 07:43:41 GMT2008-09-24 15:43:41 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Russia's Anna Chakvetadze returns a ball during the women's singles first round match against Iveta Benesova of Czech Republic at the 2008 China Open in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 23, 2008. Chakvetadze won 2-0. (Xinhua/Zhang Chen)

Iveta Benesova of Czech Republic returns a ball during the women's singles first round match against Russia's Anna Chakvetadze at the 2008 China Open in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 23, 2008. Benesova lost 0-2. (Xinhua/Zhang Chen)

France's Alize Cornet reacts during the women's singles first round match against China's Zhang Shuai at the 2008 China Open in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 23, 2008. Cornet won 2-1. (Xinhua/Gong Lei)

Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva returns a ball during the women's singles first round match against China's Peng Shuai at the 2008 China Open in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 23, 2008. Kudryavtseva won 2-0. (Xinhua/Gong Lei)

China's Zhang Shuai returns a ball during the women's singles first round match against France's Alize Cornet at the 2008 China Open in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 23, 2008. Zhang Shuai lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Gong Lei)

The Chinese women failed to continue their form one month after the Olympics despite the high hopes of home fans as Li Na, Peng Shuai, Yan Zi and Zhang Shuai all crashed out of the ongoing China Open in straight sets.

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