Defending champ Duan dumped out of Jiangxi Open

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Australia's world No. 132 Arina Rodionova stuns defending champion and home favorite Duan Yingying in the first round of the WTA Jiangxi Open in Nanchang, southeast China.
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Arina Rodionova of Australia

Australia's world No. 132 Arina Rodionova stunned defending champion and home favorite Duan Yingying in the first round of the WTA Jiangxi Open in China on Tuesday.

Russian-born Rodionova saw off the world-ranked 64 Duan in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, in one hour and 42 minutes in sweltering Nanchang, southeast China's Jiangxi Province.

Fifth seed Duan, standing at 1.82 meters, towered over the diminutive Rodionova.

But that counted for nothing as the 27-year-old Australian powered a forehand winner to seal a convincing victory on the hardcourts of Nanchang.

"It was really tough conditions, it's very humid," Rodionova told the WTA website.

"I've played her this year twice and I lost both times 7-6 in the third (set) so I knew it was going to be a really hard and physical match.

"I was preparing myself for it. I think today it was a little bit hard for both of us. I'm glad to manage to get through."

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic, 32, a former No. 1, made it a second Chinese loser on the day as she swatted aside Kang Jiaqi 6-2, 7-5.

But three other home players — Wang Yafan, Lu Jingjing and Zhu Lin — were all victorious to get into the second round.

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