Australian Open champion Kenin loses opening match in Dubai

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 19, 2020 09:48 AM
Australian Open champion Kenin loses opening match in Dubai
Sofia Kenin of the U.S. returns the ball to Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin lost her opening match at the Dubai Championships on Tuesday as Elena Rybakina rallied to beat the American 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-3.

The fifth-seeded Kenin was playing her first WTA Tour event since earning her maiden Grand Slam title and then helping the United States reach the Fed Cup final. She broke Rybakina in her opening service game but the Kazakh player held serve the rest of the way to earn her third career win over a top-10 ranked player.

“I just made too many unforced errors. I just didn't take my chances," Kenin said. “I really thought I could have somehow turned it around. ... It's obviously really upsetting and disappointing at the moment.”

Third-seeded Elina Svitolina and No. 4 Belinda Bencic also lost.

Svitolina was ousted 6-2, 6-1 by American Jennifer Brady, while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Bencic 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

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