Aryna Sabalenka advances to second round at Tianjin Open

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TIANJIN — Aryna Sabalenka moved closer to a spot in the WTA Finals by beating Sofia Kenin in the first round of the Tianjin Open on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Sabalenka, who lost to Maria Sharapova in the final last year, won the Wuhan Open title two weeks ago. She also defeated Kenin en-route to that victory.

Second-seeded Caroline Garcia advanced by beating Chinese qualifier Xun Fang Ying.

Third-seeded Elise Mertens and Timea Bacsinszky also advanced. Mertens beat Zhu Lin, while Bacsinszky advanced after Danielle Collins retired from their match after losing the first set.