According to a report, Simona Halep feels that tennis authorities should have a protected seeding system for players returning after maternity leave. She felt Serena Williams should have been seeded number 1 as she left in the same position last year before leave.
In the men's singles event world number 3 Marin Cilic suffered a shock 4-6, 4-6 defeat in straight sets to Philipp Kohlschreiber. Meanwhile, senior Juan Martin del Potro ascended higher by overcoming Spain's David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6. He would next face fellow Argentine Leonardo Mayer.