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World number two Simona Halep crashed to a shock 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 defeat to France's Alize Cornet in the first round of the Madrid Open on Sunday. Halep reached the final in the Spanish capital last year, but looked out of sorts as a double fault handed Cornet the opening set in a tie-break. Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard's alarming slump continued as she lost a sixth consecutive match to the Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova. There were no such problems for defending champion Maria Sharapova who showed no signs of her recent struggles with form and fitness as she beat Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3.
Rescuers have pulled a 101-year-old man alive from his ruined home a week after Nepal's earthquake claimed at least 7,200 lives, as the government warned Sunday the death toll will climb "much higher". His condition is stable," local police officer Arun Kumar Singh told AFP from Nuwakot district, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu. Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said the death toll was likely to jump once relief teams reached mountain villages flattened in the worst quake to hit the nation in more than 80 years. - US aircraft arrive - The 7.8-magnitude quake wreaked a trail of death and destruction, reducing much of the capital Kathmandu to rubble and triggering a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.