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Wang wins, Wozniacki wobbles

(Shanghai Daily)

09:41, February 28, 2013

Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona returns the ball to compatriot Juan Martin del Potro during a show following del Potro's 6-4, 6-4 victory over India's Somdev Devvarman in the second round of the Dubai Open in the Gulf emirate yesterday.(Shanghai Daily)

Top seed and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki crashed out of the Malaysian Open in the first round yesterday when she was beaten by Chinese qualifier Wang Qiang in Kuala Lumpur.

The Dane, who was feeling unwell after suffering a high temperature on Tuesday, hardly chased Wang's returns in the closing stages of the match and lost 6-2, 6-7 (1), 1-6.

"I tried my best but I just didn't have energy. I didn't take my opportunities," said world No. 10 Wozniacki, who is dating top golfer Rory McIlroy.

"I called for the doctor and the physio to massage my legs. Not much more they could do. I hope to come back again next year."

Wang, ranked 189th in the world, said she knew Wozniacki wasn't feeling well when she called for a medical time-out in the end of the second set.

"I tried to make her run more to take advantage of her illness and it paid off. This is the best win of my career and it will give me more confidence," the 21-year-old said about her first victory over a top-10 player.

Wang was the fifth qualifier to reach the second round, joining Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum and Nudnida Luangnam, Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova.

In Acapulco, Mexico, Rafael Nadal needed just over an hour to beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Mexican Open.

The seven-time French Open winner is making a comeback after being away from the tour for more than seven months with a left-knee injury.

The Spaniard made the final of the VTR Open earlier this month and a week later won the Brazil Open.

He is seeded No. 2 in the claycourt tournament behind compatriot David Ferrer, who beat Antonio Veic 6-0, 6-3.

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