MELBOURNE (REUTERS,AFP) – Reigning champion Sofia Kenin crashed out of the Australian Open within the second spherical on Thursday (Feb 11), slumping to a 6-3, 6-2 defeat by the hands of world No. 65 Kaia Kanepi at Margaret Court docket Area.
Kenin, who adopted her Grand Slam breakthrough at Melbourne Park final 12 months with a run to the ultimate on the French Open, sprayed 22 unforced errors within the 64-minute contest towards the skilled Estonian.
“I served very well and my sport plan was to play aggressive,” stated Kanepi, who had 10 aces.
Kenin’s return to the scene of her breakthrough Grand Slam title, the place she beat Garbine Muguruza within the remaining, has proved powerful after she misplaced to the Spaniard ultimately week’s Yarra Valley Traditional.
She later declared she was troubled by a left groin harm, which she stated might need been attributed to the necessary 14-day lodge quarantine on arrival in Australia.
Moscow-born Kenin has minimize an emotional determine and likewise admitted to taking part in in tears all through her first-round conflict with Australian Maddison Inglis.
A robust-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 type, 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 twenty eighth seed Donna Vekic of Croatia subsequent.