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Adelaide top seed Sabalenka handed shock defeat by Peterson

/ 06:11 PM January 11, 2022
Aryna Sabalenka

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 15, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her group stage match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Carlos Perez Gallardo

World number two Aryna Sabalenka’s preparations for the Australian Open suffered another setback on Tuesday with a shock 5-7 6-1 7-5 defeat by Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in the first round of the Adelaide International.

The Belarusian top seed committed 21 double faults in an error-strewn performance which consigned her to a second defeat in as many matches after being beaten by Kaja Juvan, then ranked world number 100, in Adelaide last week.

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“Honestly, this was the weirdest match I’ve ever played,” Peterson said after her win over the two-time Grand Slam semifinalist in two hours 18 minutes. “It was tough staying in there, but I knew she was struggling a lot.”

Peterson, ranked 93rd in the world, will next face American Madison Brengle, who beat Russian Anastasia Potapova 7-5 4-6 6-1.

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Also advancing to the next round was Slovenian fourth seed Tamara Zidansek, who fought back from a set down against Heather Watson to claim a 2-6 6-2 7-6(4) win.

Later on Tuesday, American third seed Coco Gauff will take on Katerina Siniakova, while Sorana Cirstea faces Anhelina Kalinina.

In the men’s ATP 250 tournament, Kwon Soon-woo, who in September became the first South Korean to win a title on the ATP Tour in 18 years, beat fifth seed Lloyd Harris 5-7 7-5 6-4.

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