Halep, Hingis and all the Slam No.1 seeds who lost in the first round
Simona Halep's defeat at the US Open 2018 saw her join a small group of top seeds to have lost a first-round Slam singles match in the Open era. Here are the rest.
Virginia Ruzici became the first top seed in the Open era to suffer a first-round loss when she was beaten by Mary Sawyer in the 1979 Australian Open. (Getty)
Stefanie Graf was the first defending champion ever to get beaten in the first round, beaten 7-5, 7-6(5) by Lori McNeil at Wimbledon 1994. (Getty)Stefanie Graf was the first defending champion ever to be ousted in the first round, beaten 7-5, 7-6(5) by Lo
Martina Hingis went down, 6-2, 6-0, to qualifier Jelena Dokic at Wimbledon 1999 – the only time the No.1 seed has fallen to a qualifier so early. (Getty)
Hingis was again the victim of a shock at Wimbledon, this time in 2001. Virginia Ruano Pascual defeated her, 6-4, 6-2. (Getty)
The only time the top seed has been beaten in the French Open came in 2017, when Ekaterina Makarova stunned Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 6-2. (Getty)
Beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Kaia Kanepi, Simona Halep became the first No.1 seed to lose out in the first round of the US Open. (Getty)