US Open champion Samantha Stosur bowed out of the China Open after losing to Maria Kirilenko from Russia in the second round on Tuesday.
World number one Caroline Wozniacki saw off a tenacious challenge from Lucie Hradecka to open the defence of her China Open title with a 3-6 6-0 7-5 first round victory on Monday.
Three newly-crowned Grand Slam winners Li Na, Petra Kvitova and Samantha Stosur all suffered a downturn after winning the champion, while Kvitova expressed her determination to break the so-called Grand Slam champion curse here on Sunday.
Head of WTA Stacey Allaster was amazed by the progress of China's tennis in recent years and she believed Li Na's success in Roland Garros will fuel tennis growth in China.
World number four Andy Murray lost just two games as he breezed past American Donald Young in 48 minutes on Sunday to win the Thailand Open in Bangkok.
Given an easy draw at the China Open, French Open champion Li Na said she expects tough battle against her rookie rivals in the opening rounds.
Two tennis legends Pete Sampras and Marat Safin face off in exhibition in Beijing.
Enjoying a Grand Slam caliber status,the China Open attracted all the available top 48 women players and most of the top 35 males to fight for a total $6.1 million prize money at the Beijing Olympic Tennis Center from Oct 1-9.
Don't count Roger Federer out yet.
World No. 2 Maria Sharapova and former top player Serena Williams pulled out of the China Open on Friday, one day before the beginning of the WTA premier event.
Swede Robin Soderling and American Venus Williams have pulled out of the China Open due to illnesses, organizers confirmed on Saturday.
Former tennis great Pete Sampras and Marat Safin will play the debut match at the new stadium of China Open to mark the opening of this tournament.