Top seed Paula Badosa bundled out of Tokyo by Chinese teen Zheng | Tennis News

TOKYO: Spanish top seed Paula Badosa fell at the first hurdle at the Tokyo Pan-Pacific Open on Wednesday, losing 6-3, 6-2 to a soaring Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen.
World number four Badosa, who was knocked out in the round of 16 in the recent U.S. Openstruggled to gain a foothold against 36th-placed Zheng and joined the number two seed Caroline Garcia by leaving the tournament early.
Badosa failed to hit a single ace and lost seven straight before ending a miserable night in the Japanese capital by hitting a return straight into the ground on a match point.
Zheng, 19, who reached the last 32 of the US Open, said her win over Badosa was “not a surprise” to her.
“I always know I have the level,” Zheng said.
“It’s just when it has to be done. I’m so happy to be able to do this game and I want to repeat it again.”
Zheng, who beat Japan Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-4 in the first round, will now face Belgian Elise Mertens or American Claire Liu in the quarter-finals.
Badosa had a second-round bye.

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