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Jana Cepelova through to third round of WTA Suzhou Ladies Open

Jana Cepelova showed why she is the top seed in the WTA Suzhou Ladies Open by winning her first and second-round matches on Wednesday.

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After Tuesday's schedule was disrupted by rain, Slovakian Cepelova made up for lost time as she beat Emily Webley-Smith in the first round and then returned to the court later in the day to also knock out Eri Hozumi in straight sets.

Brit Webley-Smith was unable to spring a surprise as world number 65 Capelova won 6-3 6-3 in an hour and eight minutes to ensure she was afforded some time to put her feet up before facing Hozumi in the second round.

Rising star Cepelova took five of the 13 break points that she manufactured and, although Webley-Smith secured two breaks of her own, there was no stopping the top seed, who also displayed ominous form against Hozumi of Japan.

The impressive Cepelova appeared to have put last week's second-round US Open exit at the hands of Simona Halep behind her as she saw off Hozumi 6-1 6-4, setting up a third-round meeting with eighth seed Zheng Saisai.

Hozumi reached the second round earlier in the day when Nadiia Kichenok retired during the second set with the Japanese world number 175 in command at 6-4 3-0.

However, Hozumi then struggled badly against Cepelova, winning less than half of her service points.

Zheng also progressed in straight sets on Wednesday, beating fellow wildcard Yang Zhaoxuan 6-0 6-4, but will have to be at her best in order to get the better of Cepelova.

Second seed Patricia Mayr-Achleitner was made to work for her place in the third round, as she beat Poland's Magda Linette 7-6 (7-3) 7-5, while fourth seed Anna-Lena Friedsam beat Petra Martic 6-3 6-2.

Kateryna Kozlova was another seed to progress, the seventh seed beating Zhang Ling 6-3 5-7 6-1.

Duan Ying-Ying, Risa Ozaki and Misa Eguchi also came through their second-round matches on Wednesday.

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