09/23 05:06 CDT Serena Williams out in 2nd round at Wuhan Open
Serena Williams out in 2nd round at Wuhan Open
WUHAN, China (AP) --- Top-ranked Serena Williams lost in the second round of
the Wuhan Open, retiring after 11 games on Tuesday and dropping a third match
to Alize Cornet this year.
Williams, who won the U.S. Open just over two weeks ago, was leading 6-5 when
she asked for treatment beside the court. The reason for the retirement was not
Cornet beat Williams at Dubai in February and had a third-round win at
Wimbledon. The 24-year-old Frenchwoman hasn't lost to Williams this year and
improved to 3-3 in career meetings.
The tournament's top two seeded players were eliminated within hours, with
Williams exiting after Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat No. 2 Simona Halep of
Romania 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Muguruza, who beat Williams in the second round at the last French Open,
dropped the first set in 35 minutes but rallied to win the first four games of
the second set and the last four games of the third to advance at the inaugural
It was a bad day for the seeded players on other courts, too. No. 10 Jelena
Jankovic was trailing 4-1 when she retired against American player Coco
Vandeweghe, Alison Riske of the United States recovered an early break to beat
No. 11-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-4, and Swiss qualifier Timea
Bacsinszky defeated U.S. Open semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova, seeded 13th,
Eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, however, held off Carla Suarez Navarro of
Spain 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (4).