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Wozniacki crashes out in Kuala Lumpur

27 February 2013 20:41

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki was stunned by Chinese qualifier Qiang Wang at the Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

The former world number one bowed out in the first round of the WTA International event in Kuala Lumpur despite winning the first set against Wang, ranked 186th in the world.

The match lasted two hours and 16 minutes with Wang producing a superb 2-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 win.

Wozniacki's poor serves continually let Wang into the match and the winner had 19 break points.

She converted five – exactly the same as Wozniacki – but was still able to overpower her more-fancied opponent.

Fourth seed Ayumi Morita of Japan fared better, defeating Turk Cagla Buyukakcay 6-1 6-1, while seventh seed Eleni Daniilidou also progressed into the second round.

Daniilidou was made to do it the hard way though, winning 2-6 6-4 6-3 against Ukraine's Yuliya Beygelzimer.

Kazakh qualifier Zarina Diyas claimed an upset win over eighth seed Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Diyas won 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 7-5 while Australian Ashleigh Barty overcame South African Chanel Simmonds 6-4 6-2 and Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova was too good for Chinese Taipei's Kai-Chen Chang 6-1 6-3.

Russian third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova battled past countrywoman Vera Dushevina 2-6 6-3 7-6 (8-6), while China's Ying-Ying Duan overcame Marta Sirotkina 6-3 4-6 7-6 (14-12) and Shuai Zhang thrashed Aslina An Ping Chua 6-0 6-1.

Thai pair Nudnida Luangnam and Luksika Kumkhum also won, while the match between Japan's Kurumi Nara and Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh – the defending champion – was not completed.

Hsieh led 4-3 in the first set when play was called to a halt.

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