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Anne Keothavong loses first-round match in Shenzhen

Keothavong crashes out of Shenzhen with straight sets defeat

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UPDATED:

09:09 GMT, 31 December 2012

Defeat: Keothavong lost her first-round match on Monday

Defeat: Keothavong lost her first-round match on Monday

Anne Keothavong's season got off to the worst possible start as she was knocked out of the WTA tour event in Shenzhen by China's Peng Shuai on Monday.

The British number three, who came through qualifying over the weekend, was beaten 6-4 6-0 by the sixth seed in the first round.

The defeat will be a setback for Keothavong's Australian Open preparations with the first grand slam of the year starting in Melbourne in two weeks.

Laura Robson won her first-round match on Sunday as she triumphed 6-2 6-1 over Romania's Edina Gallovits-Hill.

Second seed Marion Bartoli dropped just one game against Chinese wildcard Wing-Yau Chan.

British number one Heather Watson is playing in the ASB Classic in Auckland this week.

Laura Robson sails through in China

Easy does it, Laura… Britain's Robson sails through in China

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 30 December 2012

Laura Robson took only an hour to move into the second round of the Shenzhen Open as she overpowered Edina Gallovits-Hill 6-2 6-1.

Given the Briton came into the match ranked 54 places higher than her opponent at 53, she was the clear favourite to win.

Looking good: Laura Robson claimed a comfortable win

Looking good: Laura Robson claimed a comfortable win

The 17-year-old was far more ruthless on serve, winning 80 per cent of her first service points.

The Romanian also contributed to her own downfall with eight double faults and she was dominated in all aspects of the game.

Robson will meet Gallovits-Hall's compatriot Monica Niculescu in the second round in what promises to be a closer match given the British No 2 is ranked just five places higher.

Elsewhere, fourth seed Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan also advanced easily, beating Hungary's Melina Czhink 6-3, 6-2. Hsieh broke her opponent twice in the first set and four times in the second to win in 1 hour, 15 minutes.

In Sunday's other matches, Annika Beck of Germany beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4, and Monica Niculescu of Romania ousted Chinese wild-card entry Saisai Zheng 6-4, 7-5.