Romanian teenager Simona Halep ousts Li Na
All- conquering Novak Djokovic found the going even easier than expected at the US Open on Tuesday, as food poisoning hampered the challenge of first- round opponen
t Conor Niland but French Open champion Li Na got rude jolt as Romanian teenager Simona Halep knocked her out in straight sets.
Niland, the qualifier from Ireland, ranked 197th in the world, wasnalt39t expected to pose much problem for Djokovic, who has surged to the top of the world rankings with nine titles this season — including two Grand Slams.
But a bout of food poisoning that lingered from Sunday morning had left the 29- year- old Niland physically weakened, and Djokovic needed just 44 minutes to take a 6- 0, 5- 1 lead before Niland called it a day.
The quick match may prove a boon for Djokovic, who suffered just his second defeat of the season when he retired from the Cincinnati final against Andy Murray this month with a sore shoulder. Romanian teenager Halep stunned Li Na 6- 2, 7- 5 to enter the second round. Halep, ranked 53rd in the world, needed just an hour and 33 minutes to dispatch Chinas sixth- ranked Li, who became the first Grand Slam champion from Asia with her victory at Roland Garros.
Womens world No 1 Caroline WozniackiWozniacki cruised into the second round with a 6- 3, 6- 1 victory over 125th- ranked Nuria Llagostera Vives.
Fourth- seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus also advanced with ease, beating Swedens Johanna Larsson 6- 1, 6- 3.
In other early matches, Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer rallied to reach the second round with a 2- 6, 6- 3, 6- 0, 6- 4 victory over Russian Igor Andreev.
French 11th seed Jo- Wilfried Tsonga, who missed the US Open last year with a knee injury, returned with a 6- 4, 6- 4, 6- 4 victory over Taiwans Lu Yen- Hsun.
Wimbledon semi- finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany romped to a 6- 3, 6- 3 victory over Alona Bondarenko in just 70 minutes.