Muguruza falls at first hurdle in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic called for the doctor as he battled stomach issues in his second round match in Cincinnati

Defending women's champion Garbiñe Muguruza crashed out following a shock defeat to Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko as Australian Nick Kyrgios was again involved in controversy in his second round victory at the Cincinnati Masters.

Muguruza, who won the French Open in 2016 before her Wimbledon triumph previous year, was unable to hold onto a lead against her Ukrainian opponent, exiting at the last major tune-up prior to the Aug 27 start of the US Open.

The level wasn't very high, but at the end she managed to come back in the third set and play better and found a way to keep winning and win the match', Muguruza said.

Earlier, the American third-seed Sloane Stephens, finalist in Montreal last week, easily defeated Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-3, 6-2, and will face Belgium's Elise Mertens. Halep and Tomljanovic will complete their clash on Thursday, with the victor to face Ashleigh Barty later in the day.

Number one seed Simona Halep's match against Ajla Tomljanovic was suspended due to rain and will be completed on Thursday. "I felt she was struggling a bit with her serve".

A left knee injury forced second seed Wozniacki to retire from her match against Kiki Bertens.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus continued her successful tournament debut, beating ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

"The second set, when I was 4-0 down, I knew there was no real point going out there and competing and obviously waste energy trying to battle back", he said. Danish star Wozniacki had just lost the opening set 6-4 when she withdrew in the second-round clash, which was delayed by rain for more than three hours.

"I made it through, and with the help of the doctor and God... I'm just, you know, happy that I managed to overcome the challenge".

Fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov launched his title defence with a 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 win over Mischa Zverev, the Bulgarian belting 33 winners in a match that started late.

Wimbledon champion and fourth seed Kerber weathered a storm to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6 7-5 6-4.

Three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka continued his return after knee surgery a year ago, beating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4.

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