Johanna Konta of Great Britain hits a return against Ashleigh Barty of Australia during their first round women's match at the WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on September 25, 2017. / AFP / WANG ZHAO
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Johanna Konta crashed out of the Wuhan Open Monday, joining an exodus of top seeds including U.S. Open finalists Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys after a shock-prone beginning to the Chinese tournament.Hours earlier U.S. Open winner Stephens suffered a shock defeat at the hands of China's Wang Qiang in the first round.Despite a strong fight by Stephens in the second set, Wang – spurred on by the home crowd in the 15,000-capacity stadium – proved too strong for her 24-year-old American opponent.Stephens, who ranks No. 17 in the world, added she had been taking it easy since her U.S. Open win.
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