World number one Serena Williams defeated Francesca Schiavone at the 2013 China Open in Beijing on Tuesday, to advance to the third round of the event, 6-4, 7-5. However, sister Venus was not able to piggyback off a successful run at last week's Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, falling on Tuesday to the 13th-seeded Sabine Lisicki, 6-1, 6-2.
"I was definitely more surprised that I played so well in the [U.S.] Open, but it was a different circumstance—even though the scoreline looked much easier at the Open, it wasn't an easy match. But as for Francesca playing so well today, I wasn't surprised about that," said Serena.
Serena will next play Russian Maria Kirilenko, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Urszula Radwanska.
"She hit so many shots that were untouchable," Venus said of Lisicki. "She's one of those players when she's on, she's on—and she plays really well against a player she doesn't feel as much pressure against. I wanted to play well, but I think mostly she just played well and I didn't really take my chances when I had them. I think more than anything it was about holding serve, and I just didn't do that today."
Lisicki will face Na Li in round three after her 6-0, 6-1 win over Bojana Jovanovski.