By Chris Oddo | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Defending champion Simona Halep was upset by Magdalena Rybarikova, while Petra Kvitova blew out Ekaterina Makarova.
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Defending champion Simona Halep was bounced from the Connecticut Open in New Haven by Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
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Rankings-wise, the victory is the best of Rybarikova’s career. She had never beaten anyone ranked higher than No. 8, and she now owns a record of 4-16 vs. the top 10. The Slovakian broke Halep's serve on six of seven opportunites and saved both break points she faced in the final set to come away with the victory.
The top seed has now lost their first match for the third consecutive year at New Haven. Sara Errani fell in 2013, and Agnieszka Radwanska fell the year before that.
“She played really well today,” Halep said, according to the tournament’s official website. “It was a good match for me, but always when I lose I’m a little bit sad. I have to take the positive things from today and go forward.”
Rybarikova will next face American Alison Riske at New Haven. Riske upset Flavia Pennetta in straight sets.
Second-seeded Petra Kvitova avoided the upset bug that bit Halep by crushing Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2 ,6-1, in 49 minutes. Kvitova lost to Makarova a few weeks ago in Montreal in three sets. The Czech improves to 4-2 lifetime against Makarova and advances to face compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the quarterfinals.