Baltacha bows out of Brussels

ESPN staff
May 22, 2013
Elena Baltacha was outplayed by her opponent on Wednesday © Getty Images

Elena Baltacha crashed out of the Brussels Open on Wednesday after suffering a 6-2 6-0 defeat to Varvara Lepchenko in 55 minutes in the second round.

The former British No. 1 made a winning return to the WTA circuit after ten months out through injury on Monday after she overcame Stefanie Voegele in two hours.

However, the 29-year-old was outplayed by the seventh seed and was weak on her serve.

The Scot only won 46% of her first serves and was crushed on her second serve with Lepchenko punishing a lowly 7% posted by Baltacha.

Elsewhere, former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out by 2008 Wimbledon semi-finalist Zheng Jie 6-2 6-4, and Zheng said after the win: "She's [Wozniacki] a very tough player and fought until the last point.

"I'm so happy I could win this match. We've played many times before and she's always so tough to beat. But she's also a very nice person, ever since she was a junior. I'm very proud and this gives me a lot of confidence."

American Sloane Stephens beat Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-0, with Kaia Kanepi defeating Jana Cepelova 6-3 6-3.

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