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The women’s tour began in Australia, with the WTA 500 in Adelaide in the 2022 season and two WTA 250s in Melbourne Park at the same time.

To be honest, I didn’t feel well. It wasn’t a good match from my side. I found a way to win, which is sometimes enough. I am excited to participate in the second round. Maria Sakkari

Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka headline Adelaide International 1, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep lead the field in Melbourne Summerset 1, while Jessica Pegra and Elise Mertens lead in Melbourne Summerset 2.

This may all be a fan mess recipe, but a schedule is required for player participation as both Adelaide’s Memorial Drive and Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open, have the appropriate COVID protocols in place. ..

Bertie is Adelaide’s top seed and has played his first tournament since leaving the third round of the US Open last September.

The world’s No. 1 won the title here two years ago. After the first round of buys, we will launch a campaign against qualifying passers Coco Gauff in the United States or Ulrikke Eikeri in Norway.

Second-seeded Sabalenka, who will face Slovenian Kaja Juvan, who defeated France’s Chloe Paquet 6-4 6-2 on Monday, also said goodbye.

Last year’s tournament took place shortly after the Australian Open, with Iga Świon winning the title without dropping the set and a five-seeded pole defending another qualifying passer, Daria Saville of Australia. It was started.

Elena Rybakina was stretched to Storm Sanders but won three sets in Adelaide

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Maria Sakkari and Elena Rybakina worked on Monday to avoid the opener’s confusion. The three-seeded Greeks passed through Tamara Zidansek, Slovenia, and the seven-seeded Kazakhs lasted longer than Australia’s Storm Sanders after splitting the set.

Sakkari was the first meeting between two beaten semi-finalists in a two-hour, five-minute match at the 2021 French Open, and was offered a second bagel in the last four years.

After Zidansek beat Decider 3-0, the Greeks won three of the last four games, including the last eight points.

“To be honest, I didn’t feel well,” Sakkari admitted after winning 6-2 0-6 6-4. “It wasn’t a good match from my side.

“I found a way to win. Sometimes that’s enough. I’m excited to be in the second round.”

Sakkari won with a better defense and Zidansek won another 20 winners 45-25, while the Slovenes featured a four-break serve with a total of 27 break points against 21 in Greece. So I got 31 forced errors.

Later on the center court, Rybakina also won in the second half of the match against the main draw wildcard Sanders.

Coming from a break point in the third set, World No. 14 won the last six games, leveled the pair’s career 1: 1 and won 1-6 6-1 6-4, 44. Won the winner of the person. 9 ace and 5 breaks along the way, preserving 9 of the 13 breakpoints she faced.

“I’m very happy to win this match,” Rybakina said. “It wasn’t easy at all and I felt [like] I haven’t played a single for a while.

“I want to play better.”

Sakkari and Rybakina may face each other in the quarterfinals.

Heather Watson was one of the three British to lose in Adelaide alongside Katie Boulter and Fran Jones.

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Britain’s Heather Watson was also active on Monday, but suffered a tight defeat 6-4 7-6 (5) to Australia’s Alha Tomrianovich, who played in the match.

Over the weekend, fellow Brits Katie Boulter, who won eight seeds in qualifying, and Francesca Jones, who had nine seeds, both lost the qualifying.

Bolter won the opener against Italy’s Lucrezia Stephanini, 7-6 (4) 6-1 but resented Saville, 7-5 3-6 6-4, Jones from Greece Despina Papamichile. Succumbed to, 3-6 6-2 6 -1.

Then, nearly three hours later, Papa Michile beat Switzerland’s Stephanie Fegere 6-4 7-6, and Marie Bowzkova beat Russia’s Anna Blynn Kova 6-4 6-2.

Others include Italy’s Lucia Bronzzetti, who defeated Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko 1-6 7-6 (3) 6-4 and returned from the set, while Australia’s Madison Inglis is Spain’s Irene Brillo.・ Defeated Escorihuela 6-16-4.

Meanwhile, later that day, US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez of Canada defeated Russia 6-3 6-4 to kick off a new season. Ekaterina Alexandrova fired four aces and earned 86% of her first serve points.

Fernandez, who just won the Canadian Press Female Athletes of the Year, used her aggressive game to overwhelm Alexandrova, 3-1 early enough to pass the first set. I took the lead.

World No. 24 maintained its second momentum and broke early again 2-1. She stepped forward and played in some style to book a second match against Swiatech or Saville.

Priscilla Hon defeated Petra Kvitova, causing the first major turmoil of the year and giving Australian fans a lot of support.

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Then the Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon caused a major upset against Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic, 6-7 (4) 7-56-2.

It was a 23-year-old match in her career when she created sparkling tennis to defeat two Wimbledon champions. And she won her first victory over the top 20 players.

A back injury reduced Hong’s career and the previous world No. 118 fell to 263 in the rankings, but she showed a real class by taking on a tall left-handed, her six breaks. He won four of the point chances and hit 32 unforced errors compared to Kvitova’s 55.

Hong demonstrated his outstanding defensive skills in an exceptionally spectacular 27-shot rally. Meanwhile, her tenacity was key in the first two tight sets, escaping in the third set, winning the best career win and joining Australia’s Saville, Tomljanovich and Inglis. In the winner circle on Monday.

Playing in the main draws of the two tournaments at Melbourne Park will begin on Tuesday.

All live action can be followed on Amazon Prime Video.

Petra Kvitova became the first celebrity victim in Adelaide after being beaten by Priscilla Hon in three sets.

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– Tennis Sports

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