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Stephens, Muguruza among those upset at China Open

In a wild day at the China Open, four player ranked in the WTA Top 20 went down, including reigning U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens.

Stephens, who faced fellow American Christina McHale, struggled to get going Monday, losing in straight sets 3-6, 0-6. It is the second straight first round upset for Stephens, who hasn’t won since defeating Madison Keys to win her first major title back in September.

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World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza was also eliminated in her first match, after she retired while trailing against Barbora Strycova 1-6, 0-2.

Muguruza after the match stated that she had caught an illness during play at the Wuhan Open last week but wanted to give it a go on the court.

World No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova and No. 12 Angelique Kerber also fell Monday.

Cibulkova dropped straight sets to Elise Mertens, 6-7 (4-7), 1-6, while Kerber lost in straight sets as well to Alize Cornet, 6-4, 6-4.

Play in the China Open will resume Tuesday, with three American women (CoCo Vandeweghe, McHale, and Varvara Lepchenko) still remaining in the singles draw.

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