Simona Halep dumped out of Australian Open in first round

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Melbourne (AFP)

World number two Simona Halep was sensationally knocked out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle Tuesday by Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai, who earned her first Grand Slam win in 15 attempts.

The Romanian, who has been struggling with a niggling achilles injury, had no answers to Zhang's dominant baseline game with the Chinese number four winning 6-4, 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena.