Australian Open 2021: While defending champion Sofia Kenin was made to work hard for her opening-round win by Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis, former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza eased into the 2nd round.
Sofia Kenin was made to work hard by Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis in her first-round match (Reuters Photo)
- Sofia Kenin defeated Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis 7-5, 6-4 in her first-round match
- Kenin was trailing 1-3 in the first set before she launched a successful comeback
- In-form Garbine Muguruza defeated lower-ranked Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-0
Defending champion Sofia Kenin’s campaign at Australian Open 2021 got off to a rocky start as she was made to work hard in her first-round match by Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis on Tuesday. Kenin survived a scare as she progressed to the second round after a 7-5, 6-4 win over Inglis.
Sofia Kenin was broken twice and she slumped to a 3-1 deficit early in the first set but the 4th seeded-American player held her composure to clinch the first set 7-5. The second set was more straightforward but Kenin faulted on the first of her three match points before sealing the contest against the spirited Inglis.
Sofia Kenin had a dream year in 2020 wherein she captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and reached the final at Roland Garros. Having suffered quarter-final exits in the warm-up tournaments in Doha and Melbourne in the lead up to the season’s first Grand Slam, Kenin would want to make sure she is in top form as she moves into the second week of the tournament.
.@SofiaKenin is through to the Second Round, though Maddision Inglis made her work for it
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 9, 2021
The World No. 4 will meet either Kaia Kanepi or Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the second round.
Meanwhile, former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza eased into the second round of women’s singles competition after clinching a comfortable 6-4, 6-0 win over Margarita Gasparyan on Tuesday.
The 11th seed has been in fine form in the lead up to the Australian Open. Muguruza, who is searching for her maiden title at the Melbourne Park, reached the final of the Yarra Valley Classic tournament last week, losing to World No. 1 Ash Barty in the final. She had defeated Sofia Kenin in the quarter-final in straight sets.