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Tennis: Hsieh claims two victories on day one in Guangzhou

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Reigning WTA Guangzhou Open champion and Taiwan's first Grand Slam winner Hsieh Su-Wei claimed victory in both her singles and doubles first round matches on Monday, the opening day of this year's tournament.

Sixth-seeded Hsieh, from Taiwan, defeated Argentina's Paula Ormaechea 6-1, 6-2 in 56 minutes in her singles match in the morning.

In the afternoon Hsieh then won her first round doubles match with her partner, China's Peng Shuai. The top seeds and Wimbledon champions overcame Maria Fernanda Alvarez Teran of Bolivia and Keri Wong of the United States 6-3, 6-3.

Hsieh will face China's Zhang Shuai in the second round of the singles tournament, after the wildcard entry defeated Russia's Olga Puchkova in their first round tie 6-0, 7-6 (7/1).

Briton Johanna Konta won her first round match against Richel Hogenkamp from Holland, 6-3, 6-2, while Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic beat Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-3.

Galina Voskoboeva from Kazakhstan and Monica Puig from Puerto Rico will face off in the second round after both players won their first round games.

Vania King of the United States also booked her place in the second round after a hard fought 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over South African Chanelle Scheepers, a former winner in 2011.

Laura Robson became the first British woman since 1990 to reach a main tour singles final at the Guangzhou Open last year and is seeded third this time.

The Londoner plays her first round match on Tuesday.

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