x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Zheng upset by Hantuchova

Last year's beaten semi-finalist Zheng Jie is eliminated in the second round at Wimbledon, losing 6-3, 7-5 to Daniela Hantuchova.

Zheng Jie, suffers an early exit from SW19.
Zheng Jie, suffers an early exit from SW19.

WIMBLEDON // Last year's semi-finalist Zheng Jie of China has been eliminated in the second round at Wimbledon, losing 6-3, 7-5 to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. The 16th-seeded Zheng broke in the first game of the match, but Hantuchova broke back twice and took the first set with a big crosscourt forehand. Zheng, a wild-card entry in 2008 when she became the first Chinese player to reach the last four of a Grand Slam tournament, beating top-seeded Ana Ivanovic on the way.

She pushed Hantuchova hard in the second set as the pair traded breaks, and saved a match point before the Slovak wrapped it up with a deft forehand volley. *AP