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Simona Haelp suffers shock second round defeat in Wuhan

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World number two Simona Halep has crashed out of the WTA Premier 5 Wuhan Open, after Garbiñe Muguruza fired 34 winners on her way to producing a shock upset victory..

At the start of the match it looked as if Halep would win with ease, taking the first set 6-2 after only 35 minutes.

Momentum then rapidly changed in the second set though, as Muguruza responded by taking four straight games on her way squaring the match at one set all.

Going in to the third it was a more even encounter as both players matched each other game by game until 3-3. Then Muguruza was able to break Halep for the fifth time to lead the match.

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Halep's poor run continues

The Spanish world number 22 then backed up the break by holding her serve to move 5-3 up. The final game of the match was a lengthy battle with a series of deuces before Muguruza took it with her second match point in a match lasting just under two hours.

Wuhan is now the third consecutive tournament that Halep has played in and failed to reach the quarter finals. Muguruza will play Elina Svitolina in the third round.

Svitolina boked her placed in the third round after a straight sets win over recent Hong Kong Open champion Sabine Lisicki.

More seeds tumble

Halep wasn't the only seed to go out in Wuhan today.11th seed Sara Errani suffered a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Alison Riske from America.

Errani's second round defeat today follows her first round exit in Tokyo last week. 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova was also blown away in her match as she lost 6-4 6-1 to Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky.

16th seed Andrea Petkovic was knocked out by Karolína Plíšková. Plíšková comes in to Wuhan in impressive form after she won her second career WTA title in Seoul last week. Finally rounding off the casualty of seeds was Jelena Jankovic.

The 10th seed was forced to retire whilst down 1-4 to Coco Vandeweghe as the shocks continue to come thick and fast in the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.

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