Petra Martić (Screenshot: HRT) Petra Martić (Screenshot: HRT)

Petra Martić advanced to the second round of play at the WTA tennis tournament in Wuhan, China on Monday after beating France's Kristina Mladenović (WTA 44) 6:2, 6:2. Martić served up four aces, with a first serve percentage of 71%. She broke her opponents serve five times, three times in the first set and twice in the second, and only lost her serve once in the match.

This was the sixth meeting between the two players and Martić’s fifth win. In the second round Martic will play against Switzerland's Belinda Benčić (WTA 10). Martić won their only previous match.

Donna Vekić was less fortunate in Wuhan, losing her first round match to Tunisian Ons Jabeur (WTA 54) 4:6, 6:3, 6:3. Vekić made five double faults in the match and lost her serve six times.

According to the latest WTA and ATP rankings released on Monday Martić is 22nd overall, followed by Vekić at 23rd. On the men’s list Borna Ćorić leads the Croatian men at 14th overall, followed by Marin Čilić 28th and veteran Ivo Karlović 78th.

Source: HRT