Tennis – US Open ’18: Simona Halep Knocked Out

Simona Halep

World number one Simona Halep turned into the first top-seeded female tennis player to lose in the US Open’s initial round, tumbling to a 6-2, 6-4 loss against Kaia Kanepi.

The 26-year-old Romanian’s serve was broken five times in the primary match on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium. She battled once more from a double break down to 4-4 in the second set yet the Estonian broke again before Halep sent a forehand long on match point.

This is not the first time that Halep has faced defeat as she had also lost her opening match at Flushing Meadows a year ago. The French Open hero was beaten by Maria Sharapova in New York in 2017.

Prior to Simona Halep’s thrashing, no women’s best seed had lost in the opening round at the US Open since the professional tournament started in 1968, that year that the competition was given its present name, having beforehand been known as the US National Championships.

World number 44 Kanepi, achieved the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows a year ago yet has had a progression of injury issues as of late.

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