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Top seed Zhang Shuai beats Sabine Lisicki in first round of Jiangxi Open

NANCHANG, China -- Top-seeded Zhang Shuai registered a straight-sets victory over 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki in first-round play at the Jiangxi Open on Tuesday.

Zhang hopes to clinch her third WTA title but had to fight for nearly two hours to beat her German opponent 7-6 (0), 6-3.

Zhang, who accepted a wild-card entry, will take on Margarita Gasparyan of Russia in the second round.

Thai qualifier Peangtarn Plipuech benefited when fifth-seeded Vitalia Diatchenko retired due to injury while trailing 4-6, 6-4, 3-1.

Other first-round winners included Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic and Karman Thandi of India.