Wozniacki join exodus of seeds in Wuhan
Simona Halep was beaten 2-6, 1-6 by Russia’s Daria Kasatkina
on Tuesday at a tumultuous Wuhan Open that has seen two thirds of the top seeds tumble out in the first two rounds.
Halep, world No. 2, headed for the exit together with Dane Caroline Wozniacki, ranked six, who crashed out 5-7, 3-6 to Maria Sakkari of Greece.
They followed fellow seeds Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova among others, who all suffered surprise defeats on Monday.
But it was not all bad news for the sport's top players as Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, world No. 1, triumphed against Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, sailing into the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Halep begun her 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 at the US Open, where she lost to Russian 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.
“What I saw after the US Open was that my serve is too soft for the big players, so that’s why I decided to work on it more,” she added.