Serena Williams, Simona Halep Lose Early in WTA 1st Week
by Staff | January 4th, 2017, 10:29 am

Windy conditions and a lack of “feel” saw top players Serena Williams and Simona Halep make early-round exits at WTA events in Auckland and Shenzhen respectively on Wednesday.
The world No. 2 Williams racked-up almost 90 unforced errors during a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 loss to fellow American Madison Brengle in the second round at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.

“You really have to go back to the drawing board, because it’s quite frankly unprofessional,” Williams said of her struggles in the wind. “Eighty-eight is way too many unforced errors. You can’t expect to win hitting that many errors.”

Brengle saw three match point opportunities go by before Williams handed the No. 72-ranked Brengle the match with a double fault.

“I can take solace in the fact the conditions won’t be like this in Melbourne,” Williams said. “This is almost not a great opportunity to assess your game, to be honest.”

The 26-year-old Brengle said the key was getting balls back.

“I just played for every point,” she said. “I tried to use the slice and hit as many balls as a I could.”

She advances to the quarterfinals and a meeting with No. 7 seed Jelena Ostapenko.

At the Shenzhen Open in China, the No. 2-seeded Halep was shocked by unseeded Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

“I’m really happy that I won for me, because it was a very tough match,” Siniakova said. “When I walked onto court I was feeling that I could win and I just wanted to show my best. I was feeling a little bit of pressure in the final set and I’m so happy that I managed to come through and win the match.”

Siniakova had only once before beaten a Top 20 opponent.

Halep in her opening round had struggled past unseeded Jelena Jankovic in three sets.

“I think she played really well, she’s a strong player,” said Halep, who will next play at the Australian Open. “I’d never played against her before, she hits the ball hard, served good, so she deserved to win today. I was struggling a little bit. I didn’t really feel my game, but there is no excuses for that…It was hot, but I’m used to this heat already — I’ve been to Australia practicing. It’s a little bit tiring because it’s the second match of the year after a two-month break.”

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7 Comments for Serena Williams, Simona Halep Lose Early in WTA 1st Week

Margot Says:

Hi Jalep!
You are rocking in Brisbane and Doha! Go girl! But what the heck’s up with Halep?

jalep Says:

Hi Margot

A little birdie told me about you posting to me here….

It’s past tense now though….. I was rocking WTA Brisbane draw…#1 in the overall Standings and then poof! if you blinked, you missed it.

We’re all doing about the same in Jalep_Wildguess group.

I don’t know what’s up with the mass exodus of top seeds this first week. Some perhaps legit injuries or fitness issues, others, I’m guessing weren’t absolutely serious about winning …..just fulfilling a commitment and/or getting some match play in ahead of AO.

This coming week will be even sillier for WTA in Hobart and Sydney…I haven’t seen the draws yet but I think I’ll pick players that sincerely are there for the 280 titles — not the already blessed with plenty of titles. Cheers Margot…I miss chatting with you….

AndyMira Says:

@J…A little birdie?Oho ho ho ho!…

Margot Says:

Hi Jalep :) Couldn’t get back on tenngrand and lost the will to live trying! We will “chat” at AO hopefully.
TennisTV has stopped broadcasting WTA so its really difficult for me to watch women’s matches at the mo.
Have seen quite a bit of the Hopman Cup tho. Bencic’s good isn’t she, and Kiki played out of her socks. Brilliant in singles and doubles.

jalep Says:

Margot…there was a time in December that many of us could not log in to Tenngrand. In fact I had to create a new account, new email, revise my username; actually did it twice and I think it’s WordPress that’s somehow messing up. Ricky had asked for help with it as I recall at one point last year.

Anyways…There’s this new side forum he started which is part of Tenngrand and it’s not powered by WordPress. I had to register another account and revise my username again but there’s reason to join!

YOU can EDIT your own posts! And start your own threads, by Golly! That forum might work for you too. Have you seen it?

It would be so cool if you were on it! Think about it…no pressure, of course.

Yes I’m sad that Tennistv dropped WTA. What on earth?
There is BEIN sports…it’s available in the UK. But in my geographical neck of the woods…only one channel is available and the channel is shared with other sports…mainly soccer. So I have a way to watch some WTA matches. One of our bracket mates told me I need to get TennisChannel Plus for WTA. Uhg, it goes against my conscience to pay that much money. But I might do it.

Kiki did played great at Hopman Cup. But can she translate that into playing like that at AO? She’s noticeably been better in Fed Cup, Hopman Cup; seems driven by team spirit.

Margot Says:

That’s interesting about Kiki being better as a team because James Ward, the guy who beat Isner, certainly fits that bill.
I’ll certainly think about what you suggest, haven’t seen it, but will I be trolled again? :( TBH Really tired with such rubbish, tho I do know it’s part and parcel of being on the net.

Margot Says:

Just checked the brackets, you’re doing really well in all of them, WTA and ATP. Give up the day job and become a professional punter…;)

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