Displaying all the qualities that have taken her to the pinnacle of the women's game, Kerber completed a 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4 victory in style, firing a forehand down the line to set up a meeting with fellow Grand Slam champion kvitova
"Kiki was playing very well today, especially in the first set. I was trying to come back in the second," Kerber said. "The first match is always tough. But I'm happy to be back in China and to have won my first match here.
"I was trying to play more aggressive, more my tennis, moving a little bit better."