Zheng beats Sanchez to advance at Japan Open

Zheng Jie of China advanced to the second round of the Japan

Open with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win Tuesday over Maria Jose Martina

Sanchez of Spain.

Zheng broke her opponent three times in the final set at the

Utsubo Tennis Center and will face Pauline Parmentier in the second

round.

In other matches, sixth-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues dropped

the first set but recovered for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Camila

Giorgi.

Wild-card entry Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand upset

fifth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2.

Virginie Razzano booked a second-round meeting with top-seeded

Sam Stosur after defeating Thai qualifier Nudnida Luangnam 6-3,

6-3.

Laura Robson of Britain, Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa and

Mirjana Lucic of Croatia also advanced.