"People's Monday" attracted an enthusiastic crowd to Victoria Park yesterday as organisers allowed the public free access to the tournament grounds to get their first sighting of this year's main draw and a taster for the heavyweights who are set to join the action today. On a day when the biggest names involved this week were catching up on some well-earned rest after exploits on the mainland in the run-up to the US$250,000 Prudential Hong Kong Open, spectators were still treated to some exciting tennis. WATCH: Seven-time grand slam singles winner Venus Williams discuss life after tennis If there was disappointment about the late withdrawal on Sunday night of top seed Garbine Muguruza among a public who had already been deprived of some of this year's marquee names, they didn't let it spoil their fun as the "Tournament Village" outside centre court thronged early on and an excitable crowd enjoyed a series of close encounters. It's a very tough match for me. A big crowd will support Zhang Ling Nara Kurumi Doubles action also got under way yesterday as one of two all Hong-Kong pairings fell at the first hurdle. Sher Chun-wing and Wu Ho-ching were beaten 6-3, 6-3 by the Taiwanese/Thai pairing of Chuang Chia-jung and Luksika Kumkhum. The duo of American Lauren Davis and Japan's Kurumi Nara was also knocked out 6-4, 6-3 by Taiwanese team Chan Chin-wei and Lee Ya-hsuan. Nara, who takes on Hong Kong hope Lynn Zhang Ling in first round singles action today, said she was looking forward to the match. "It's a very tough match for me. A big crowd will support Zhang Ling, so I think it's a tough match, but I'm very excited to play," said Nara. Davis faces a difficult first round assignment when she meets French sixth seed Caroline Garcia today. "Doubles definitely improves your singles game, so it was a good warm-up," said the American. "I think we're both pretty confident going into our singles tomorrow." All six singles matches yesterday ended in straight sets and there were few shock results, but that was far from the full story. READ ALL OUR COVERAGE HERE Australian Anastasia Rodionova was forced to dig deep to overcome crowd favourite French qualifier Irina Ramialison, who was narrowly beaten after forcing her higher-ranked opponent into a tense tie-breaker in the second set. After losing the opening set 6-4, Ramialison, who got the centre court crowd onside by urging them to applaud between points, dug deep and looked set to take the second set with a series of thudding forehands. The 33-year-old Australian was able to grind her way into the last-16 where she will meet the winner of today's match between Romanian qualifier Ana Bogdan and former world No 1 Jelena Jankovic. Elsewhere, the highest ranked player on show yesterday, American Irina Falconi, was sent packing after going down 6-4, 6-3 to Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena.