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Monday, 23 September 2019

WTA roundup: Major winners fall in Wuhan

September 24, 2019

Former Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki were upset Monday in the first round of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan (China) Open.

Taiwan’s Su-wei Hsieh, who is ranked 32nd in the world, got past 13th-seeded Dane Wozniacki 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-2. Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, rated 71st, knocked off 11th-seeded German Kerber 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1.

Hsieh’s next opponent will be another major title winner, Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, who advanced when Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva retired because of a left ankle injury while trailing 6-1, 1-0.

Other first-round winners included fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, ninth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and 15th-seeded Sofia Kenin of the United States. Christina McHale of the United States upset 14th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia stopped 16th-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Tashkent Open

Fourth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko was one game from losing when she retired due to illness in the first round at Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska led 6-3, 5-4 when Ostapenko was forced to stop.

Top-seeded Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia defeated the United States’ Francesca Di Lorenzo 7-6 (3), 6-3, and third-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium routed Russia’s Liudmilla Samsonova 6-0, 6-1.

Eighth-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania beat the Czech Republic’s Denisa Allertova 6-1, 6-4, but ninth-seeded Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine fell to Belgium’s Greet Minnen 6-2, 6-2.

–Field Level Media

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