Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin loses her first WTA match in Dubai
DUBAI: Sofia Kenin lost her first WTA match since winning the Australian Open earlier this month as she went down 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-3 to Elena Rybakina on Tuesday at the Dubai Championships.
World number seven Kenin´s loss completed a hat-trick of seeded upsets on the fourth day of action in the United Arab Emirates.
Title holder Belinda Bencic was overhauled 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova while third seed and two-time tournament winner Elina Svitolina was hammered 6-2, 6-1 by qualifier Jennifer Brady.
American Kenin played a pair of non-Tour Fed Cup matches immediately after her Melbourne win over Garbine Muguruza, who cut short Kim Clijsters´ comeback on Monday.
The 21-year-old went down in just over two hours to her 19th-ranked opponent who stood 192nd in the world a year ago.
“There´s a bit more pressure coming from my side (after first Grand Slam win). But I´ve just got to try to manage it for the next tournaments,” said Kenin.
“I just didn´t feel my game really well. I just made too many unforced errors, I didn´t take my chances. I felt really off the whole match.” – AFP