Wozniacki slips to shock defeat in Malaysia

Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:18pm IST

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles semi-final match at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships, February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles semi-final match at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships, February 22, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

REUTERS - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki suffered one of her worst career defeats when she bowed out of the Malaysia Open to 186th-ranked Chinese qualifier Qiang Wang on Wednesday.

The Dane, top seed at the event in Kuala Lumpur, cruised through the opening set of her first round clash and had a match point in the second before going down 2-6 7-6 6-1.

Qualifier Wang, 21, allowed Wozniacki only one point in the second set tiebreak as she levelled the match and rolled through the decider to claim her biggest careeer win.

Wozniacki, a semi-finalist last week in Dubai, has slipped to 10th in the world rankings.

Wang will face Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner next.

(Writing by Martyn Herman, Editing by Tom Pilcher)

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