Zhu Lin upset two-time Wimbledon champion and No.2 seed Petra in the first round of the Tianjin Open on Wednesday, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. In a tremendous battle, Petra fought back from 5-1 down in the third set before the home hope Zhu Lin sealed victory after two hours and 16 minutes. The defeat marked Petra’s final match of the 2017 season.
“It’s obviously not the way I wanted my season to finish, but I have to give my opponent credit for handling the conditions better than I did today,” said Petra. “I can’t be too hard on myself after I missed the first half of the season, so I will take some time now to plan a great off season and come back ready for 2018.”