Kaia Kanepi sends No. 1 Simona Halep home in stunner


It was a second straight first-round exit at Flushing Meadows for French Open champion Halep, who dropped her opening match to Maria Sharapova previous year.

"Today just was not my day", Halep said "The balance was not there".

Kaia Kanepi took it right to Simona Halep at the US Open.

A long list of returns was scheduled for later today, including past champions Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka on the court after missing last year's U.S. Open.

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The Romanian can take small consolation from the fact she has amassed enough ranking points to remain world number one after the two-week tournament ends.

"I have always loved being in NY", said the 33-year-old Kanepi, twice a quarter-finalist at the tournament who has been ranked as high as world number 15.

Kanepi overwhelmed her opponent with her raw power, hitting 26 winners to Halep's nine.

The Estonian got off to a quick start in the match, as she won five of the first six games of the first-ever main-draw match played on the second-largest court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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Defending champion Sloane Stephens encountered late resistance but held on for a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Russian Evgeniya Rodina. "I like the weather: humid and hot".

It was the sixth time in the Open era that the number one seed has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament and the first at the U.S. Open. She struggled throughout Monday's match with Kanepi and coughed up 28 unforced errors. 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.

"She has been playing really well in United States lately, so I thought I just have to be aggressive and try to stay calm". I knew that she can play well here.

"Staying aggressive", Kanepi said, "all the time".

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