No. 1 seed Simona Halep falls in first round at the U.S. Open


Simona Halep of Romania reacts in her women’s singles first round match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the first round of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug. 27. Halep lost 6-2, 6-4. (Photo: Getty Images)

The U.S. Open kicked off Monday in New York, and within hours there was already a prominent upset. No. 1 seed Simona Halep fell in straight sets to the unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi — 6-2, 6-4 — in the tournament’s first round, marking the first time in modern history that the No. 1 women’s seed has lost a first round match at the tournament.

Kanepi will face Swiss player Jil Teichmann in the next round. Last year, the 33-year-old Kanepi made it to the quarterfinals as a qualifier, but she has yet to make it beyond that point in a tennis major.

It was Halep’s second consecutive first-round departure at the US Open having fallen to Maria Sharapova last year.

In all, Halep’s lost by the third round during six of her nine appearances at the US Open.

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