Halep knocked out in Wuhan

Source:Agencies Published: 2017/9/26 22:43:39

Another top seed sent packing in unpredictable event


Daria Kasatkina of Russia reacts after winning her second-round match against Simona Halep of Romania at the Wuhan Open on Tuesday in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Photo: VCG

World No.2 Simona Halep was booted out of the Wuhan Open 6-2, 6-1 by Russia's Daria ­Kasatkina on Tuesday, becoming the ninth seed to tumble out at the unpredictable tournament.

Second-seeded Halep begun the second-round match strongly and immediately broke her opponent. But she was later let down by her service game, managing to convert just 12 percent of her second serves.

The 25-year-old Romanian was competing in her first match since the opening round of the US Open, where she crashed out to Maria Sharapova.

"I didn't play for a month. It's tough to come back and to play matches ... Maybe it was a mistake that I didn't play, but I needed rest after the US ­season," she said after the match. 

"It's always difficult to play against Simona. The game was much more difficult than the score looks. I played a good game. I prepared for this match well," the world No.31 Kasatkina said.

"I'll just try to play my best tennis, to focus on every game and every point because I don't want to say something and then it doesn't happen," she replied when asked her targets for the final weeks of the year.

In other matches, Karolina Pliskova triumphed over China's second-ranked player Zhang Shuai after a tense three-set battle.

The 25-year-old Czech overpowered Zhang 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in just over two hours, breaking an unlucky streak for the competition's top seeds that has seen nine exit the Chinese ­tournament over the first two days.

Pliskova, the third seed, has never lost a match against Zhang and once again showed she had the measure of her ­Chinese opponent, who had been on a high after winning the Guangzhou Open last week.

She will now face another home crowd favorite, Wang Qiang, the first-ever Chinese player to reach the third round in Wuhan.

Elsewhere, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, seeded eight, triumphed over Czech player ­Barbora Strycova 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Ninth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated German Julia Gorges 7-5, 7-5.

Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova were among the top seeds to exit the tournament on Monday.



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