Sun | Oct 21, 2018

Halep first major US Open casualty

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Simona Halep, of Romania, serves to Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York yesterday.

NEW YORK (AP):

Simona Halep has become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose in the first round of the US Open in the professional era.

Halep was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia yesterday in a match that was stunningly lopsided and lasted all of 76 minutes.

It was the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Halep won the French Open in June for her first Grand Slam title.

But this is the second year in a row she exits the US Open in the first round.

Playing in the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, Halep dropped her opening set in 28 minutes.

At 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.

Halep lost in the first round at last year's US Open to 2006 champion Maria Sharapova.