Wozniacki out in day of upsets at Rogers Cup
TORONTO (Reuters) - World number five Caroline Wozniacki suffered a second round upset to Swiss Belinda Bencic on Wednesday at the Rogers Cup, then hit back with strong criticism of the WTA.
Wozniacki played despite recovering from a nagging calf injury and fell in a close match to Bencic 7-5 7-5 before indicating she felt pushed to play by the WTA rules.
"The rules, if you're a top-10 player are that this was my commitment tournament, you’re forced to play," Wozniacki told reporters.
"If you don't, you get huge money fines. You get zero points to your ranking ...which is crazy."
Wozniacki, a former world number one, was also defeated in the second round last week in Stanford as she battled injury.
Wozniacki was not alone in being upset in Toronto as third seed Petra Kvitova also went down, losing to former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-3.
Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska avoided such a fate with her 7-5 6-3 triumph against Julia Goerges while second seed Simona Halep shook off the rust and stormed into the third round with a commanding 6-3 6-4 win over former world number one Jelena Jankovic.
Following a month off since her last competitive match, Halep looked sharp as she opened the North American hardcourt swing by reaching the third round in Canada for the first time.
The 23-year-old Romanian was in complete control on a blustery day, not allowing Jankovic a break chance in the opening set and then saving all three break points in the second. Continued...