Italy's Francesca Schiavone returns the ball to France's Kristina Mladenovic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Alastair Grant
August 03, 2016

NANCHANG, China (AP) Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone dropped the first set on her way to beating Lu Jiajing of China 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday in the Jiangxi Open second round.

The third-seeded Italian faces Risa Ozaki in the quarterfinals after the seventh-seeded Japanese had an easy 6-0, 6-3 win over Nicha Lertpitaksinchai of Thailand.

Two other seeded players - Vania King and local hopeful Zhang Kailin - also won in straight sets for a place in the last eight. American sixth-seeded King defeated Chinese qualifier Zhang Ying 6-4, 6-2, while fifth-seeded Zhang beat Japanese Miyu Kato 6-4, 7-5.

Also, second-seeded Kurumi Nara defeated Tereza Mrdeza 6-3, 7-5 after their first-round match was suspended due to rain on Tuesday.

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