US Open champion Emma Raducanu was eliminated from Upper Austrian women’s Linz on Tuesday after a 6-1, 6-7 (0), 7-5 defeat to Chinese qualifier Xinyu Wang.
The 18-year-old Briton, who was first at a WTA event for the first time, held the serve in the opening game but lost the next six, winning just two points on the serve from Wang in 106th place.
Raducanu lost a 4-2 lead in the second set, but won it in the tiebreak. She took a medical timeout before saving two match points on Wang’s serve at 5-4 in the third, but qualifying broke Raducanu again and sealed the win in her next service game.
Wang then plays with Alison Riske, who defeated eighth-seeded American Alizé Cornet 6-4, 6-4.
Second-seeded Simona Halep reached the quarter-finals after beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 7-5, 6-3, and third-seeded Danielle Collins of the United States passed Greet Minnen of Belgium 6-1, 6-2 .
Alison Van Uytvanck from Belgium, Jaqueline Cristian from Romania and Jasmine Paolini from Italy also made progress.