Serena pulls out
WUHAN, China (AP): Top-ranked Serena Williams retired from her second-round match due to a viral illness at the Wuhan Open yesterday, dropping a third match to Alize Cornet this year.
Williams, playing her first match since winning the US Open, had just converted a break point for a 6-5 lead and was clearly hot and bothered when she asked for treatment beside the court. She withdrew moments later and was helped from the court by a trainer.
"I felt dizzy and nauseous in the first set and unfortunately couldn't continue," Williams said in a brief statement in which she apologised to fans.
The tournament's top two players were eliminated within hours of each other, with Williams exiting after Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat No. 2-ranked Simona Halep of Romania 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
It was a bad afternoon for seeds on other courts, too. No. 10 Jelena Jankovic was trailing 4-1 when she retired against American player Coco Vandeweghe due to a back problem and she joined on the sidelines No. 11 Sara Errani of Italy, No. 13 Ekaterina Makarova and No. 16 Andrea Petkovic of Germany.
In evening matches, however, No. 3 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic trounced Karin Knapp of Italy 6-3, 6-0, No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada overcame a break in the third set to beat Mona Barthel of Germany 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, No. 7 Angelique Kerber of Germany had a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki held off Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (4).
The new WTA tournament attracted almost all of the top 20 women, but most of them are already out of contention.