(October 4, 2015) Top seed Simona Halep of Romania retired from her match with a left Achilles injury while No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova lost to Sara Errani at the China Open on Sunday in Beijing.
No. 2 Halep retired against Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena at 4-5 in the first set. There were three other retirements in women’s matches on the day.
“I have pain in my Achilles,” the Romanian said. “It’s getting worse. I thought that it’s getting better and I can play. But no. I don’t want to force (it).
“It’s a tough injury because always is dangerous to continue with the tendon. So, yeah, I hope just to recover and to be healthy soon.” She had the same injury in 2011.
“My first thought is just to be healthy,” Halep said when asked about competing at the WTA Finals in Singapore. “Of course, every tournament is important. But the most important thing is to be okay, to feel no pain, and then I will see.
“I hope I can play in Singapore. Was my goal for this year. I will see. I need treatment and I need break, for sure.”
“I think all the players in the end of the year are a little bit tired. It’s tough to manage these situations,” she said.
“If you want to be in the top, you have to work hard and to be getting better year by year, you know, as soon as you can.”
No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska moved on when Coco Vandeweghe retired after the first set.
“Well, I knew she retired last week,” Radwanska said. “But, you know, every week it’s different story, different tournament.
“I was prepared for whole match. We played couple times before that. So I knew what to do on court.
“But maybe still going on something with her health. I think we have to ask her.”
“I think this is the end of the year. Not everybody is fresh at the moment,” the Pole responding to a questions about the day’s retirements. “I think really that’s the main reason.
“Well, I think that’s what happen in Asia pretty much.”
Sara Errani of Italy had the upset of the day knocking out second-seeded Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-4.
“I never beat her, so I know was a really tough match,” Errani. “Of course, she’s a really good player.”
and Sloane Stephens of the United States defeated ninth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.
Errani said that the difference in the match was just a few points. “I just tried to stay there every point, solid, without too many mistakes. It’s my game.
“She hit the ball really strong, so I just tried to make her play one shot more.”
Kvitova who was a finalist at the China Open last year felt that she was not ready.
“Of course the loss is always disappointing,” Kvitova said. “I really wanted to win and kind of qualify for Singapore here. But I just wasn’t really able to.
“You know, it was kind of game which I really had to be ready physically and mentally and everything, and I just wasn’t.
“I just think it was kind of the case, I couldn’t really serve in the second set as well. I didn’t really help with anything. She (was) going for the chance. It was kind of difficult.”
“I’m kind of sleepy all day long. It’s just weird,” Kvitova said.
RESULTS – OCTOBER 04, 2015
Singles – First Round
[Q] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d  S. Halep (ROU) 54 Retired (Left ankle injury)
S. Errani (ITA) d  P. Kvitova (CZE) 75 64
 F. Pennetta (ITA) d [WC] X. Han (CHN) 75 46 64
 A. Radwanska (POL) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 63 00 Retired (Left ankle injury)
 C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 63 00 Retired (Right elbow injury)
 C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB) 62 64
S. Stephens (USA) d  K. Pliskova (CZE) 63 62
 E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 75 62
[Q] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d A. Cornet (FRA) 63 63
A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) d A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 62 64
[Q] I. Falconi (USA) d D. Gavrilova (RUS) 75 26 64
M. Barthel (GER) d [WC] S. Zhang (CHN) 63 62
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 62
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 16 63
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d J. Goerges (GER) 62 64
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 64 00 Retired (Left lower leg injury)
[Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 63 63
C. Garcia (FRA) d [WC] S. Zheng (CHN) 62 62
Doubles – First Round
J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d  R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 76(5) 36 10-6
[WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) d B. Bencic (SUI) / B. Strycova (CZE) 46 61 11-9
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) 64 26 10-8
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 46 10-8
ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2015
NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM start 12:30 pm
ATP –  J. Tsonga (FRA) vs A. Haider-Maurer (AUT)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA –  A. Petkovic (GER) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
WTA –  B. Bencic (SUI) vs M. Brengle (USA)
Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs  M. Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs S. Stephens (USA)
LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs  R. Vinci (ITA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP –  D. Goffin (BEL) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
ATP – [Q] D. Istomin (UZB) vs [WC] Ze. Zhang (CHN)
Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA –  A. Radwanska (POL) vs M. Barthel (GER)
MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) vs M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs  M. Keys (USA)
WTA –  C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [Q] M. Puig (PUR)
WTA –  E. Svitolina (UKR) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
COURT 3 start 12:30 pm
WTA – M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
ATP – [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
ATP – I. Karlovic (CRO) / L. Kubot (POL) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
COURT 4 start 12:30 pm
ATP –  J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA)
WTA – Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO)
WTA – After suitable rest –  A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – After suitable rest – K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [Q] J. Knowle (AUT) / O. Marach (AUT) vs  M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
COURT 8 start 12:30 pm
WTA – C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Hsieh (TPE) vs  C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
WTA – G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs  B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA –  H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / M. Linette (POL)
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS)