Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Second-placed Sabalenka continues to wreak havoc in Adelaide. wtop news

Adelaide, Australia ( Associated Press) – World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka lost another first round match at the Australian Open tune-up tournament…

Adelaide, Australia ( Associated Press) – World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka has lost another first round match at the Australian Open tune-up tournament to a lower-ranked opponent.

Sabalenka lost 5–7, 6–1, 7–5 to Rebecca Petersen of Sweden, who came in the match at number 395 at the Adelaide International.

In the opening round of the first Adelaide International tournament last week, Sabalenka lost 7-6(6), 6-1 to Kaja Juvan, who is ranked 100th.

While top-ranked Ash Barty is a perfect seven out of seven this year after winning consecutive Adelaide International’s first singles and doubles titles, Sabalenka hasn’t won in more than two months. Barty is not playing in Adelaide after succeeding last week in the South Australian state capital.

At the Sydney Tennis Classic, Ajla Tomljanovic defeated Anna Shmidlova 6–2, 6–3 in a first-round match.

Tomljanovic will next face fifth seed Paula Badosa after beating Spain’s world number nine Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (1) 6-1.

Tomljanovic, 28, never went past round two at the Australian Open, but made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year with a career-best performance.

Two high-profile British players were due to play their first round matches later on Tuesday – Andy Murray in Adelaide and US Open champion Emma Radukanu in Sydney.

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