ADELAIDE (Reuters) – Second seed Aryna Sabalenka suffered a shock exit on the Adelaide International on Wednesday after a 7-6(6) 6-1 defeat to world number 100 Kaja Juvan of Slovenia in the second spherical.
World number two Sabalenka, a semi-finalist ultimately yr’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open, struggled together with her serve, racking up 18 double faults, and dedicated 49 unforced errors in the shock loss to the 21-year-old on the Australian Open warm-up occasion.
Juvan received a decent first set after trailing 2-0 and saved a set level at 6-5 in the tiebreak, earlier than racing forward 3-0 in the second to storm to victory in an hour and a half.
“I actually loved the primary set. I like when matches get tight, when it is aggressive and when it is a actually tight combat,” Juvan mentioned after sealing her place in the quarter-finals.
“I used to be feeling a little bit bit sorry at some factors as a result of I … knew she’s not doing the perfect with the serve and everyone knows how that feels at one level.
“I do know she will do it higher, however then again, I used to be simply saying to myself, ‘Focus. Stay right here till the top. It can flip at any level.’ I used to be actually simply attempting to remain there till the very finish and actually combat.”
World number one Ash Barty will face American Coco Gauff in a while Wednesday whereas Greece’s Maria Sakkari takes on Shelby Rogers in the second spherical.
(This story refiles to ‘International’ in first paragraph)
(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)