Somdev Devvarman put up a valiant fight before going down to World No. 31 Fernando Verdasco, while Mahesh Bhupathi yet again stumbled in the doubles first round as the two Indians bowed out of the ATP and WTA China Open here on Tuesday.

Devvarman saved as many as nine break chances, but lost the battle 6-7(6), 3-6.

Bhupathi failed to cross the first round hurdle for the third successive time as he and his Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt suffered a 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Novak Djokovic and Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

Meanwhile, World No. 1 Serena Williams appeared agitated during her 6-4, 7-5 victory over Italian Francesca Schiavone.

The results: Men: First round: Nikolay Davydenko bt Lu Yen-Hsun 7-6(3), 6-4; Tomas Berdych bt Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-1; David Ferrer bt Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2).

Richard Gasquet bt Florian Mayer 6-3, 7-6(2); Stanislas Wawrinka bt Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Fernando Verdasco bt Somdev Devvarman 7-6(6), 6-3; Sam Querrey bt Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(3), 6-3; Novak Djokovic bt Lukas Rosol 6-0, 6-3; John Isner bt Wu Di 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3; Rafael Nadal bt Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles: First round: Novak Djokovic & Stanislas Wawrinka bt Mahesh Bhupathi & Robert Lindstedt 6-3, 6-3.

Women: Second round: Petra Kvitova bt Varvara Lepchenko 2-6, 6-2, 6-0; Li Na bt Bojana Jovanovski 6-0, 6-1; Angelique Kerber bt Laura Robson 6-1, 6-2.

Serena Williams bt Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-5; Sabine Lisicki bt Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2; Roberta Vinci bt Zhang Shuai 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Maria Kirilenko bt Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-4; Caroline Wozniacki bt Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles: First round: Sania Mirza & Cara Black bt Kimiko Date-Krumm & Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 6-3. — Agencies

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