Stunt in Melbourne: Defending champion Sophia Kenin exit | Tennis
Kenin particularly struggled with world-ranked heavy-duty 65th, which ended the match with her 10th victory in the game. She reached the third round in Melbourne for the third time in her career.
The American, the number 4 in the world, won the Australian Open last year, beating Spain’s Garbine Muguruza by three sets in the final. This was her first Grand Slam victory.
Ashley Party, No. 1 seed, reached the third round. She started well against her compatriot Daria Gavrilova and easily won the first set 6-1. In the second set, Barty made several unnecessary mistakes and left her on the tiebreak. She eventually won 9-7.
Svitolina blocks a new trick from Teenage Gauff
Elena Svitolina blocked another ploy by Corey Goff, one of the tournament revelations last year, in the second round of the Australian Open. 6-4, 6-3 for Ukrainians became No. 5 on the placement list.
The talented youngster Gove caused a sensation in Melbourne last year by beating Naomi Osaka in the third round after Venus Williams in the first round. She eventually lost in the fourth round. In 2019, she also got this far at Wimbledon, where she succeeded a year and a half ago.
A new high-profile win couldn’t be won this time for the 48-year-old in the world. She never won the Svitolina serving game and gave up once in both groups.
Ten-year-old Svitolina is aiming for her first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open. In Melbourne, she reached the quarter-finals twice, at Wimbledon and the US Open, and she has already reached the semi-finals.
Wesley Kohloff wins
Doubles specialist Wesley Kolehoff secured a place in the second round of the Australian Open with his Polish partner Lucas Kopot. Colehoff and Cubot in Melbourne 6-3 6-4 were too strong for Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Ecuadorian Gonzalo Escobar.
It is the first Grand Slam tournament for the fourth seeded Kollhof / Cobot duo. Kollhoff formed a couple last year with Nikola Miktek from Croatia, but that collaboration ended at the end of last year.
In the next round, Kohlhoff and Copot may face Nick Kyrgios, who will team up with fellow countryman Thancy Koukenakis. The Australians first have to conquer South African Lloyd Harris and Julian Knoll of Austria.
In the run-up to the Australian Open, Kohlhof / Cobot lost to a preparatory tournament in the quarter-finals.
Robin Haas ended up in Melbourne
For Robin Haas, the Australian Open ended in doubles after one round. Together with Austrian tennis player Oliver Marasch, he had to acknowledge his superiority in Norwegian Casper Rudd and Mayomir Kikmanovic from Serbia. 6-3 became 1-6 6-0. The three groups together lasted only 74 minutes.
Haas reached the Australian Open doubles final in 2013, but then won only two matches in seven.
In Ladies’ doubles, Arantxa Rus managed to get through the first round with her Slovenian partner Tamara Zidansek. Ross and Zidansik 6-1, 6-7 (5) and 7-5 were very strong for Americans Alison Reeski and Ajlan Tomljanovic from Australia.
In the second round, Russian national Rosalie van der Hook, who formed the duo with Bernarda Pera of the United States in her first appearance in the Grand Slam tournament.
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