ABU DHABI (United Arab Emirates): Sofia Kenin opened her time Thursday by beating Yang Zhaoxuan 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the very first spherical of the Abu Dhabi Open up. The American hit 11 aces from Yang to set up a 2nd-round match versus Kirsten Flipkens.
“Of course a very little little bit of nerves. I had to check out and locate my groove,” explained Kenin, the Australian Open up winner who will try out to protect her title subsequent thirty day period. “First set was pretty hard for me. I could not come across the ball, I guess. But in the 2nd set I confirmed up solid and of course I really feel like it is for the reason that of the lack of matches for me.”
Soon after a extensive pre-year, Kenin mentioned she was content to conquer a player who experienced previously had match observe in qualifying, but she had concerns about her individual exhaustion towards the close.
“I was like: ‘I just want to end currently. I am too tired’,” Kenin explained.
Also, fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka arrived again following trailing 5-3 in the opening set to conquer Polona Hercog 7-6 (5), 6-2, sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina defeated Lucrezia Stefanini 6-1, 6-3, Hsieh Su-Wei upset eighth-seeded Marketa Vondrousova 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), and Sara Sorribes Tormo defeat French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska 6-3, 6-3.