Sofia Kenin made 22 unforced errors as she was knocked out of the Australian Open.© AFP
A crestfallen Sofia Kenin exited the Australian Open in tears Thursday after a straight-sets defeat to Kaia Kanepi ended the world quantity 4’s maiden Grand Slam title defence. The 22-year-old American has struggled to deal with expectations in Melbourne and was no match for the in-form Estonian, who received 6-3, 6-2 in 64 minutes within the second spherical. “I served really well and my game plan was to play aggressive,” mentioned Kanepi, who had 10 aces. Kenin’s return to the scene of her breakthrough Grand Slam title, when she beat Garbine Muguruza within the remaining, has proved powerful after she misplaced to the Spaniard ultimately week’s Yarra Valley Classic.
She later declared she was troubled by a left groin harm, which she mentioned might need been attributed to the necessary 14-day lodge quarantine on arrival in Australia.
Moscow-born Kenin has reduce an emotional determine and in addition admitted to taking part in in tears all through her first-round conflict with Australian Maddison Inglis.
A powerful-serving Kanepi proved a foul match-up for Kenin, who had 22 unforced errors and supplied little resistance as her title defence ended with a whimper.
Kanepi, nevertheless, has been in sturdy kind, ending runner-up within the warm-up Gippsland Trophy adopted by a straight-sets victory over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova within the Open’s first spherical.
The 35-year-old performs 28th seed Donna Vekic of Croatia subsequent.
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