Australian Open 2021 day two: Barty, Konta and Tsitsipas kick off campaigns – reside! | Sport

Nadal and Djere are out on court docket, however let’s rapidly atone for as we speak’s main occasions to date.

We’re two matches in on Rod Laver Area; each had been over in two units, however the outcomes for Sofia Kenin and Elina Svitolina barely inform the story of the tape. The file books will present defending champion Kenin beat Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis in straight units, nevertheless it wasn’t a stroll within the park for this yr’s fourth seed. Inglis broke twice and had a 3-1 lead early on earlier than pushing Kenin all the best way within the American’s 7-5, 6-4 win.

“Clearly she’s taking part in the defending champion, so after all she’s extra unfastened,” Kenin stated afterwards. “I clearly am tight. I wasn’t there 100% mentally. However a win is a win and I’ll take it.”


.@SofiaKenin was feeling all of the feelings as she stepped foot on Rod Laver Area for the primary time since she received the #AusOpen final yr ❤️🏆#AO2021

February 9, 2021

Likewise it was removed from straight ahead for fifth seed Svitolina, who finally wrapped up victory over Marie Bouzková 6-3, 7-6, however needed to dig very deep in what was an intensive examination of her credentials.

Twice former champion Victoria Azarenka was bounced out because the inexperienced Jessica Pegula got here from behind to win after the Belarusian led 5-2 within the first set. Azarenka, who appeared to have bother respiration, needed to take a medical timeout within the second earlier than finally dropping 7-5, 6-4.

Paula Badosa, who contracted Covid-19 within the lead-up to the match, additionally bowed out, dropping 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-5 to Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova.

Elsewhere, the previous world No 1 Garbiñe Muguruza eased into the second spherical with a 6-4 6-0 win over Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan whereas Swiss eleventh seed Belinda Bencic wanted three units to see off Lauren Davis of the US.

“I really feel it’s a difficulty of maturity,” Muguruza stated. “Tennis gamers by no means chill out, irrespective of which spherical, which match. I really feel like now I method it otherwise. I settle for the truth that it may well go fallacious. I’m extra open to adaptation, to uncertainty.”

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