Source: China State Council Information Office
China’s No. 1 tennis player Wang Qiang crashed out of the WTA Wuhan Open Wednesday, slumping to a 6-2, 6-1 third round loss against Alison Riske of the U.S..
Having become the first Chinese player to make the semifinals of the Wuhan Open last year, Wang made the perfect start against Riske, breaking the American’s serve to love in the very first game.
Alas for the many Chinese fans on Center Court, that was as good as it got for the Tianjin-born star, who failed to break Riske’s serve again on her way to a disappointing straight sets defeat.
“I think at every point I wanted to smash my racquet,” said a dejected Wang afterwards. “Riske’s style of play doesn’t really suit me. It seems like my style suits her. I don’t think my return made her very uncomfortable, but her return made me really uncomfortable.”
Riske’s reward for beating Wang is a quarterfinal tie against No. 3 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who defeated Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-2.