WTA WUHAN and TASHKENT: Simona Halep Starts off with a Win in Wuhan, Seeds Proceed in Tashkent

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WTA WUHAN and TASHKENT: Simona Halep Starts off with a Win in Wuhan, Seeds Proceed in Tashkent

The WTA calendar this week features two events – the Premier tourney in Wuhan and the Tashkent Open. 14 first round and three second round singles matches were played in Wuhan today, while the day’s schedule in the 32-woman Tashkent draw saw five first round singles matches being played.

Here’s how the results shaped up to be in both tournaments: Wuhan Open Second Round Fourth seed Simona Halep won against countrywoman Irina-Camelia Begu, who retired down 3-6, 0-2 after an hour and eight minutes of play.

It was first of four retirements of the day with Anastasija Sevastova, Heather Watson and 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova retiring in their respective first round matches. Halep will next face the winner between Yaroslava Shvedova and 13th seed Roberta Vinci.

Seventh seed Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. The Spaniard won all three break points she had on the Belgian’s serve and saved the only break point she faced on her serve, in the first set.

In the last match of the day, fifth seed Karolina Pliskova saw off countrywoman Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-5 to move into the pre-quarters. Safarova took the lead in the second set after having broken the US Open finalist back-to-back in the second and fourth game, but was done in by her inability to consolidate the break on both occasions.

In the 10th game, she also had a couple of set points but Pliskova saved them both and then broke Safarova decisively in the 11th game to serve out the match in the final game of the second set. First Round US Open quarter-finalist Anastasija Sevastova retired in her first round match against Yulia Putintseva.

Putintseva was leading 6-1, 4-1 after 54 minutes of play when the Latvian decided to stop the match. Putintseva will face the seventh seed and defending champion Venus Williams in the second round. Heather Watson, who’d announced only a couple of days ago that she’d recovered from the health problems she’d been grappling during the US Open, was forced to retire in her match against Madison Brengle.

At the time of the Briton’s retirement, the American was leading 6-3, 2-1. Next up for Brengle is ninth seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, whose first round opponent Belinda Bencic had retired in their match as well, on Sunday.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Misaki Doi split sets before the Russian retired down 3-1 in the third set. The Japanese will take on Barbora Strycova in the second round. The Czech, in her first round against Sara Errani today had defeated the Italian 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Jelena Jankovic defeated Daria Gavrilova in straight sets, losing just four games in the process. The Serbian wrapped up her 6-2, 6-2 win in an hour and 27 minutes and will next take on the second seed Garbine Muguruza, who’s been having some troubles with her form since her win at the French Open, earlier this year.

10th seeded Dominika Cibulkova needed three sets and over two hours to subdue French qualifier Alize Cornet in their first round clash. The Slovakian won 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the match that saw 10 breaks of serve across the three sets.

Next up for Cibulkova is Laura Siegemund. Caroline Wozniacki continued her US Open-inspired form as she upset 16th seed Samantha Stosur in the first round, in straight sets. The Dane, who won the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Sunday, pocketed an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win in an hour and 15 minutes.

Qualifier Katerina Siniakova is Wozniacki’s second round opponent. Caroline Garcia defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets as well to set up a second round meeting with eighth seed Madison Keys. The French player won 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 11 minutes.

The battle between two qualifiers, Daria Kasatkina and Julia Goerges saw the former take a 6-0, 6-4 win in an hour and 11 minutes as well. The Russian will face yet another qualifier Louisa Chirico in the second round. 11th seed Johanna Konta and Shuai Zhang will meet in the second round, after both won their respective first round matches today.

Konta defeated Annika Beck in fine fashion, losing just three games in the 67-minute encounter. Zhang meanwhile defeated fellow first-name sharing compatriot and wild card Shuai Peng 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 38 minutes.

Elina Svitolina and 14th seed Petra Kvitova will take on each other in the second round. Earlier today, the Ukrainian and Czech won their respective first round matches against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jelena Ostapenko. Svitolina needed three sets to fend off the resilient American qualifier.

Overcoming the loss of the first set, Svitolina won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in over two-and-a-half hours. Kvitova meanwhile struggled to consolidate a couple of her service breaks in the first set, but did well to put away the Latvian 6-3, 6-1 in little over an hour.

Kristina Mladenovic also moved into the second round after defeating Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets 7-6 (5), 6-3. The Frenchwoman will next take on the top-seed and world no. 1 Angelique Kerber in the second round. IN THE NEXT PAGE: WTA TASHKENT RESULTS