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Tennis News: Zhang Shuai of China Beats Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, Advances to the Second-Round in Rio

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(Photo : China's Zhang Shuai has defeated Timea Bacsinszky at the ongoing Rio Olympic Games.

Olympic tennis player Zhang Shuai of China got the better of the 12th seed Timea Bacsinszky of the Switzerland at the ongoing 2016 Summer Olympic Games in the City of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday in the opening day of the tennis event.

According to Xinhua, the 27-year-old Zhang eliminated the current world No. 15 in a hard-fought 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) game. The first-round match between the two women's singles tennis players lasted for almost three long hours.

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"It was very hard for me today as there were ups and downs during the match," Zhang said. "Timea is a very smart and talented player and she never let me win easily. It is unbelievable that I clinched the win after she held three match points. I already gave my all."

The Chinese tennis ace had a hard time in defeating the 27-year-old Swiss.

"It was a tough match. She had three match points, it's a big win," said Zhang. "Point by point is just 20 seconds so I didn't try to think too much but I just thought I don't want to go home so early. I like Rio, I want to stay here."

Meanwhile, according to SuperSport, China's Peng Shuai was unable to make it three wins for the Asian giants after losing to Heather Watson of the United Kingdom, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3. Fellow Chinese Zheng Saisai won against world No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 7-5.

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