US Open: World No.1 Simona Halep suffers shock first-round exit

first_imgWorld No.1 Simona Halep suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the US Open on Monday. Halep, in fact, became the first top-seeded woman to lose in first round of the US Open in the professional era.Playing on the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, Halep lost 2-6, 4-6 to 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in a match that lasted 76 minutes.Halep won the French Open in June for her first Grand Slam title. But this was the second year in a row she was knocked out of the US Open in the first round.Halep was off to another slow start at a Grand Slam tournament. Halep dropped her opening set against Kanepi 6-2 in 28 minutes.26 winners7/9 net points won5/7 on break [email protected] was on in her R1 upset of World No. 1 Halep!Read More: https://t.co/3OhhZ8ITeo #USOpen pic.twitter.com/wMK5M7gHLOUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 27, 2018At Roland Garros in late May, Halep ceded the opening set of her first-round match by that same score against 83rd-ranked Alison Riske, before coming back to win that match 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 before eventually claiming her first major championship.Stunner on Louis Armstrong Stadium!Kaia Kanepi knocks out Halep 6-2, 6-4 and it’s now the first time a top seeded woman has lost her opening round match at the #USOpen… pic.twitter.com/NIrKFM7gelUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 27, 2018Halep lost in the first round at last year’s US Open to 2006 champion Maria Sharapova.advertisement(With inputs from AP)last_img