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Wozniacki slips to shock defeat in Malaysia

Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki suffered one of her worst career defeats when she bowed out of the Malaysia Open to 186th-ranked Chinese qualifier Qiang Wang on Wednesday.

The Dane, top seed at the event in Kuala Lumpur, cruised through the opening set of her first round clash and had a match point in the second before going down 2-6 7-6 6-1.

Qualifier Wang, 21, allowed Wozniacki only one point in the second set tiebreak as she levelled the match and rolled through the decider to claim her biggest careeer win.

Wozniacki, a semifinalist last week in Dubai, has slipped to 10th in the world rankings.

Wang will face Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner next.


Qualifier Zarina Diyas stunned eighth seed Kristyna Pliskova in three sets to reach the second round.

Pliskova of the Czech Republic is the second seed to fall, joining sixth seed Donna Vekic of Croatia, who lost in the opening round on Tuesday.

Third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia also came close to crashing out but managed to keep her nerves to edge out compatriot Vera Dushevina 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the rain-interrupted match.

"It is never easy to play a delayed match. I was ready to finish the match yesterday but the weather was not kind enough," said Pavlyuchenkova about the game, which started on Tuesday before heavy rain forced the players to stop.

"To play under these conditions is a big test and I am happy that I pulled through."

"I kept calm after losing my serve at a vital point, and my aggressive approach helped me a lot as she (Dushevina) was looking uncomfortable," said Pavlyuchenkova, who will meet Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova next.

Amanmuradova only completed her qualifying match against Ana Savic of Croatia early Wednesday to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11). The match was tied at 6-6 in the third when play was stopped late Tuesday due to rain.

After a short rest Wednesday, Amanmuradova returned to the court and defeated Taiwan's Kai-Chen Chang of 6-1, 6-3.

Meanwhile, fourth seed Ayumi Morita of Japan outclassed Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay 6-1, 6-1.

Also includes Sapa -AFP copy


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