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Friday, May 20, 2022

No. Third seed Garbine Muguruza upset at Australian Open

by john py ap sports writer

MELBOURNE, Australia – A surprise start at the Australian Open began on day four, with No. 3 Garbine Muguruza becoming the top-seeded player to be eliminated from the women’s draw just minutes after losing to No. 6 Annette Kontaveit.

Shortly after, second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka served a dozen double-faults in the first set and headed for a second-round defeat before defeating 100th-ranked Wang Xinyu 1–6, 6–4. . , 6-2.

Muguruza never managed to score a single break point and made 33 unforced errors in a 6-3, 6-3 loss under a bright blue and cloudless sky at Rod Laver Arena, twice the total of her opponent. was more than (Wednesday night PT).

“A little surprised about my level. I’m a little disappointed too,” said Muguruza, who won the season-ending WTA Finals in 2021. “I think my shots were not that accurate and precise. I think my attacking game was also not as aggressive today.”

Here’s how unexpected the result was: Muguruza is a two-time Grand Slam champion and a two-time major runner-up, including a place in the final of the Australian Open in 2020.

And the 61st-ranked Cornet? She is participating in the 63rd major tournament of her career – and 60th in a row – but has never progressed beyond the fourth round.

Cornet will have a chance to match that performance when she plays on Saturday, her 32nd birthday.

He called himself “a little (of) dinosaur.”

“I don’t know how many years I have left,” Cornet said. “Today was the perfect gift that I could have given myself and I really hope that the journey is going to go even further for me.”

Sam Stosur’s 6-2, 6-2 loss to No. 10 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ended the 2011 US Open champion’s 20th and final singles campaign at the Australian Open.

“I have done so much more than I ever thought possible. I dreamed of winning the Grand Slam (singles title), and I could not have asked for more,” Stosur told the crowd at the Kia Arena.

Muguruza said she was not feeling her best physically and added that the start of the season was “kind of stressful” as COVID-19 spread through her support team and she was separated from them for two weeks. doing.

Kontaveit, who lost to Muguruza in the WTA Finals title match, was beaten 6-2, 6-3 by 19-year-old Clara Tausen of Denmark.

Towson, who made her third-round debut against 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Daniel Collins, said, “I just went there believing I could win, but it wasn’t like I had to win.” “It was more: ‘I can win, but we’ll see what happens.'”

Sabalenka finished with 19 double-faults, including nine in his first two service games, in his victory over Wang. She said she regained her composure during a quick trip to the locker room after the first set.

Last year’s US Open and Wimbledon semifinalist said he has “a lot of experience playing without a serve,” and has convinced himself he has enough other weapons to win “even if you can’t serve.”

Sabalenka, who entered the first Major of the year with a chance to reach the top ranking, has started up to 2022, including a combined 39 double-faults that contributed to a first-round loss at the tuneup events in Adelaide.

She will now take on 2019 runner-up at Roland Garros, 31st seed Marka Vondrosova, who defeated Lyudmila Samsonova 6-2, 7-5.

7 Inga Swietec, 2020 French Open champion, No. 19 Elise Mertens, Sorana Christia and Madison Inglis, who defeated Hailey Baptiste 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2, were among other women to advance . , China’s Zhang Shuai reached the third round when No. 12 Elena Rybakina retired from her match, trailing 6-4, 1-0.

On the men’s side, fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Sebastian Baez 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in a second-round match that saw two former junior world No. were involved. players.

Other winners among men included No. 5 Andrey Rublev, No. 15 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 20 Taylor Fritz, 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, No. 32 Alex de Minaur and No. 70 Maxim Cressi of US No. 24. Dan Evans went ahead when the player he had to face in the second round, Arthur Rinderknecht, pulled out with an injured wrist.

Australian wild card entry Chris O’Connell defeated 13th seed Diego Schwartzman 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4.

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, the highest-ranked man in the draw after nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, was relegated for failing to meet the host country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements, in a one-night match. Overnight PT) playing Nick Kyrgios. ,

AP Tennis writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.

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