Du-Bye! Simon Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova Fall As Seeds Finish Winless In Dubai
by Staff | February 18th, 2016, 12:37 am

For the first time in WTA history, a tournament was played without a seed winning a match. That’s the record now owned by 2016 Dubai where all Top 8 seeds lost in their opening match.

With seeds 5-8 already out, the Top 4 took the court today and results weren’t any better.

Top seed and defending champion Simona Halep fell to former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 7-6, 6-2.

“Honestly, I’m delighted,” Ivanovic said. “It was a great battle in the first set, and she’s such a great player and I really had to raise my game, which I think I did. It was not easy but I’m really thrilled to be through.”

Added Halep, “First set I had set ball, I couldn’t finish, and then I lost a little bit of confidence and it was over.”

No. 2 Petra Kvitova continued his struggles losing to American Madison Brengle 0-6, 7-6, 6-3.

No. 3 Garbine Muguruza still can’t find the form in 2016 as she lost to Elina Svitolina 7-6, 6-3.

“I think I’m not really ready to compete,” Muguruza said. “I think I just need to start from zero again and kind of forget these couple of tournaments, I guess.”

Svitolina is making her debut this week with new coach Justine Henin.

“It was tough, and even more fighting against the conditions, too, I think,” Svitolina said. “I think I returned really well today and that was the key – I was seeing the ball really well and moving well, so this was the main thing I was focused on.”

And in mild upset, Caroline Garcia sent home No. 4 Carla Suarez Navarro.

Coco Vandeweghe, Andrea Petkovic and Sara Errani were also winners on a rainy Wednesday in Dubai.

Australian Open finalists Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber both withdrew from the event.

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6 Comments for Du-Bye! Simon Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova Fall As Seeds Finish Winless In Dubai

Truthsquad Says:

Show up, cash check, catch flight home.

Sean Randall Says:

Outside of Serena and Maria, do anyone of these women care about being the very best in the world?

Maybe it’s because Serena so far out front, but I just get the sense that they truly don’t care.

RZ Says:

Some of the top 8 seeds losing here aren’t huge surprises, and some others deserve some context. Halep should probably have gone ahead with her surgery as originally planned rather than playing, and she lost to Ivanovic – a tough draw. Bencic lost to Jankovic – a tough draw. Muguruza is coming off a foot injury and lost to Svitolina, who has started working with Justine Henin. Kvitova is currenlty without a coach. Suarez-Navarro lost to Caroline Garcia, who perhaps is finally showing off her Andy Murray proclaimed future #1 form.

Having said all that, it is crazy that the top 8 seeds all lost their first matches.

Leo Says:

It’s really a sad state for the WTA. I do think they care. I just think that most of the top players do not have the mental strength and training to keep up their form week-in and week-out.

RZ Says:

Is it really a sad state though, or is it a case of the field being deep?

When the men’s game was going through some “turbulent” times after the Sampras years but before the Federer and later Big 4 era, there was always talk about how deep the field was and on how on any day anyone in the top 50 could knock off a top player on a good day. Why is the discussion about the women’s game always about how there’s no consistency and no one wants to win, rather than the field being deep?

jane Says:

Christopher Clarey ‏@christophclarey 2m2 minutes ago
WTA parity? 10 individual tour events so far in 2016 & there’ll be 10 different champions & 19 different finalists. Only Kerber has 2 finals

thought this tweet was interesting in light of the discussion here.

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