Halep checks out of hotel Wimbledon early

Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:36pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Simona Halep lost her chance to go on a court she likened to "a very nice hotel" after she checked out of Wimbledon early on Tuesday following a shock 5-7 6-4 6-3 defeat by 106th-ranked Slovakian Jana Cepelova.

The Romanian third seed made it to the semi-finals 12 months ago but came unstuck under a flurry of unforced errors, her tally of 34 including seven double faults.

The result completed a miserable month for 2014 French Open runner-up Halep who was knocked out in the second round at Roland Garros.

The 23-year-old will be eager to forget about her Court One ordeal as not only was she broken eight times, she also lost to a woman who had previously won only one tour level match all year.

That defeat meant Halep will not have the luxury of experiencing the comforts of playing on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

"You go on court, it's like you go into a very nice hotel. It's like they have carpet on the floor and the door is really nice. It's wood and it's really nice," Halep said just three days ago.

"They have a message up on the door. That made me, like, stronger and more motivated to go on court and to feel good."

Unfortunately for Halep, Court One's entrance is devoid of any inspirational message from Rudyard Kipling and the Romanian was left to dwell on what might have been.   Continued...

Jana Cepelova of Slovakia shakes hands with Simona Halep of Romania after winning their match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 30, 2015.     REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth