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Li is playing her second event since winning the Australian Open.

“This is the first match after Doha, two weeks, and of course for I cannot be 100 percent for the first match,” Li said. “But I was happy. At least I can learn something from today’s match.”

Li will face Karolina Pliskova, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over No. 28 Klara Zakopalova.

Eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova, No. 11 Ana Ivanovic and No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova also won early matches.