Wuhan Open 2019: Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber suffer first-round exits following losses to unseeded opponents

The 13th-seeded Wozniacki lost to Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 7-6 (2), 6-1, 6-2. Hsieh lost the first-set tiebreaker but hit her stride in the second and third sets, cruising to a comfortable win over the former world No. 1.

The Associated Press September 23, 2019 18:57:12 IST
Wuhan Open 2019: Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber suffer first-round exits following losses to unseeded opponents
  • Wozniacki lost to Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 7-6 (2), 6-1, 6-2.

  • Monica Puig defeated the 11th-seeded Kerber 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1 in almost three hours.

  • American Christina McHale ousted No. 14 seed Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the round of 32.

Wuhan: Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Anastasija Sevastova all fell to unseeded opponents in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Monday.

The 13th-seeded Wozniacki lost to Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 7-6 (2), 6-1, 6-2. Hsieh lost the first-set tiebreaker but hit her stride in the second and third sets, cruising to a comfortable win over the former world No. 1.

Wuhan Open 2019 Caroline Wozniacki Angelique Kerber suffer firstround exits following losses to unseeded opponents

File image of Angelique Kerber. AFP

Hsieh broke Wozniacki's serve six times and saved eight of 10 break points. Wozniacki is 16-14 on the year.

Puerto Rico's Monica Puig defeated the 11th-seeded Kerber 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1 in almost three hours.

After failing to convert two match points and dropping the second set, Puig regained her form in the third to oust the three-time Grand Slam winner.

Puig now has a 3-3 lifetime record against Kerber, including a win in the final of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

American Christina McHale ousted No. 14 seed Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the round of 32.

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