Wozniacki ends up being Zheng's second victim of day as Dane beaten in Brussels
Caroline Wozniacki crashed out of the Brussels Open after a straight sets first-round defeat to China’s Zheng Jie.
The Danish number one seed was beaten 6-2 6-4 just hours after Zheng had beaten American qualifier Mallory Burdette 6-2 4-6 6-3.
Rain had washed out yesterday’s play in Belgium meaning a packed schedule, but it had little effect on the world No 51.
‘She’s a very tough player and fought until the last point,’ Zheng said.
‘I’m so happy I could win this match. We’ve played many times before and she’s always so tough to beat. But she’s also a very nice person, ever since she was a junior.
‘I’m very proud and this gives me a lot of confidence.’
Zheng missed out on her first two match points and watched 6-2 5-1 close to 5-4 in the second before a huge forehand closed out the match.
The defeat was Wozniacki’s fourth straight loss on clay stretching back to April 24 when she lost to Carla Suarez Navarro.
Number three seed Dominika Cibulkova was another who suffered a shock exit falling to Kaia Kanepi 6-4 7-6 (7/6), who then went on to beat Jana Cepelova in her second round match, 6-3 6-3.
‘It was really tough to wake up so early and then play at 10 in the morning,’ Kanepi said.
‘It’s tough to play two matches in one day, but I handled it well and I’m happy to have won both matches.
‘I felt a little tired in the second match but I really focused and tried not to think about it.’
Number six seed Julia Goerges also fell, retiring in her second round match against Romina Oprandi due to a wrist injury.
Elsewhere, number four seed Sloane Stephens, seven seed Varvara Lepchenko and eighth seed Peng Shuai all progressed.