Thu, October 08, 2009
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Chinese wildcard Zhang out of China Open

2009-10-08 09:04:44 GMT2009-10-08 17:04:44 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Zhang Shuai of China returns a shot to Marion Bartoli of France during the third round match of women's singles at the China Open 2009 in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 8, 2009. Zhang lost 0-2. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

Zhang Shuai of China returns a shot to Marion Bartoli of France during the third round match of women's singles at the China Open 2009 in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 8, 2009. Zhang lost 0-2.(Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- After upsetting world No. 1 Dinara Safina, Chinese wildcard Zhang Shuai didn't continue her top form as she crashed out of the 4.5 million U.S. dollars China Open WTA tournament on Thursday.

Marion Bartoli of France, seeded 14th, spent one and half an hour to defeat the 20-year-old Chinese rising star 6-1, 6-4 in the third round.

Zhang started poorly in the opening set while losing all her serve games. She also made four break opportunities but too many unforced errors failed her efforts.

Bartoli accomplished another break in the seventh game, winning the first set 6-1.

In the second set, Bartoli continued her stable performance by powering three aces.

The 14th seed broke in the fourth game to take the lead 3-1, though Zhang fought back to 3-3 after saving several break points in the sixth game.

In the tenth game, Zhang failed to get point due to Bartoli's fierce base line attack and the 25-year-old French broke again to win the second set 6-4.

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