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WTA roundup: Illness KOs Simona Halep in Washington

Aug 3, 2022; Washington, DC, USA; Simona Halep (ROU) waves to the crowd while leaving the court after retiring from her match against Anna Kaliskaya (not pictured) on day three of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Former world No. 1 player Simona Halep of Romania was forced to retire from her second-round match at the Citi Open in Washington on Wednesday, allowing Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya to reach the quarterfinals.

Halep, seeded third in the event, trailed 7-5, 2-0 before she halted the match.

Kalinskaya continued her success in Washington, as she reached the semifinals there as a qualifier in 2019. The women’s tournament wasn’t held in 2020 and 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In other second-round matches, sixth-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia rallied past China’s Lin Zhu 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Australia’s Daria Saville downed the American No. 1 seed Jessica Pegula 7-5, 6-4; and Canada’s Rebecca Marino topped Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

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Second-seeded Paula Badosa of Spain was pushed to the limit before emerging with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (5) win over the United States’ Elizabeth Mandlik in the second round at San Jose, Calif.

Elsewhere in second-round action, the United States’ Amanda Anisimova upset eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, and seventh-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia eliminated the Unites States’ Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-0.

Third-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who made the Wimbledon final last month, was scheduled to play the United States’ Madison Keys, a former U.S. Open finalist, later Wednesday night.

–Field Level Media