China Open day three: Muguruza, Kerber upset

Published by Leigh Rogers

TOUGH DAY: Illness forced world No.1 Garbine Muguruza out of the China Open; Getty Images
Wondering what happened on day three of the China Open? Let us sum it up for you.

With three top 10 players bundled out of the tournament, as well as a former world No.1 and recent US Open champion, day three certainly delivered many surprising results.

The day got off to a slow start, with rain delaying play on outside courts until late into the evening.

World No.1 Garbine Muguruza was lucky to be playing under the roof on Diamond Court Рbut still had a day to forget. The 2015 champion retired with illness while trailing Barbora Strycova 1-6 0-2.

World No.10 Dominika Cibulkova is out of the tournament too, squandering a 5-0 first set lead as Belgian Elise Mertens fought back to record a 7-6(4) 6-1 first round win.

Sloane Stephens managed a smile at the net after her upset loss to qualifier Christina McHale, but that wasn’t the case in an uncomfortably short press conference.

Angelique Kerber wasn’t happy either, exchanging words with Alize Cornet at the net after their tense second round battle.

Speaking of upsets, Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis stunned world No.10 Pablo Carreno Busta. It was the third top 10 win of the 33-year-old’s career.

German Jan-Lennard Struff didn’t get a win, beaten by countryman Mischa Zverev 5-7 6-4 6-4 in a late-night battle, but does make the highlight reel. Although we’re not sure that was what he was trying to do with this winner.

If day three wasn’t epic enough, day four promises to be even bigger and Rafael Nadal is ready:

READ MORE: Passion drives Rafael Nadal

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