China's Peng Shuai beats former champ Vera Zvonareva at Indian Wells
Peng faces Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in second round
China’s Peng Shuai booked her second-round berth at the Indian Wells ATP Masters and WTA tournament on Wednesday with a three-set win over former champion Vera Zvonareva.
Zvonareva, a former world number two who was sidelined for all of 2013 with illness and a right shoulder injury, had been seeking just her second match win since the 2012 Olympics, but was unable to make her wild card go far as she fell 4-6, 6-0, 7-5.
Peng, who last month attained the world number one doubles ranking, broke Zvonareva five times in the final two sets to seal the victory in two hours and 21 minutes.
The 28-year-old next faces 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.
All 32 men’s and women’s seeds in the US$12 million hardcourt tournament in the California desert enjoy first-round byes.
Men’s first-round action begins on Thursday, with unseeded players jockeying for position in a field headed by defending champion Rafael Nadal.
Nadal faces a tricky draw, with fifth-seeded Andy Murray in his quarter.