Simona Halep knocked out in first round of U.S. Open

Simona Halep knocked out in first round of U.S. Open

Simona Halep knocked out in first round of U.S. Open

The 26-year-old Halep won her first Grand Slam title earlier this year at the French Open.

Some players, like top-ranked Simona Halep, freely acknowledge they don't deal well with the hustle-and-bustle of the U.S. Open and all it entails.

Kanepi, ranked No. 44 in the world, stormed to win the first set in 28 minutes, then carried a break win in the second set to victory.

Playing in the first match on the newly renovated Louis Armstrong Stadium court, the French Open champion failed to sustain any kind of service rhythm and her usually stout defence proved no match for Kanepi's bruising groundstrokes and deft drop shots.

Put those two types at opposite ends of a court at Flushing Meadows and watch what can happen: Halep made a quick-as-can-be exit Monday, overwhelmed by the power-based game of Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 to become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose her opening match at the U.S. Open in the half-century of the professional era.

Frustration for Halep boiled over in the second game of the second set when she smashed her racket on the court, earning a racket abuse warning from the chair umpire. Kanepi, who came within two points of victory before losing their lone encounter at 2014 Doha, was asked what was the secret to her win over Halep, BBC reported.

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"I thought, 'I just have to be aggressive and try to stay calm,"' Kanepi said.

"I didn't play great, but she played really well".

Of the 34 Grand Slam tournaments SHalep has played in, she has gone out in the first round on 12 occasions.

She faced unseeded former champion Maria Sharapova, who triumphed in one of the most memorable first-round matches in Grand Slam history.

Halep had looked ready for a long run in NY after she won the Rogers Cup this month and narrowly missed out on back-to-back titles after losing to Kiki Bertens in the Cincinnati final. "She played quarter-finals previous year", she said.

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