The world’s number one player, Simona Halep of Romania, has become the top-rated player to be eliminated in the opening round of the Wuhan Open Tennis Tournament in the opening round of the women’s singles. In the round-32 match against Halep, 31st seed Slovakia defeated Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 7-5 in the set.
In the late night match, the Romanian player could not win a single game in the first set. The French Open champion suffered a back injury during the Sunday practice and could not recover from it until the opening match.
After losing in the first match, the number one player said, “It is always difficult to play at the beginning, I did not want to retire, so I continued the game despite the pain.”
Halep had to get medical help several times during the match. However, in the second set, he showed a better game. Halep was playing his first match at the US Open last month after being out in the opening round.
This year, in the big turn of the Wuhan Open, Halep is the top player to be out. The world’s top 10 players are taking part in a tournament worth $ 27 million.