Sabalenka Makes Winning Debut As A No. 1 In Beijing; Gauff, Swiatek Monday
Aryna Sabalenka made a strong debut as a world No. 1 cruising past fellow Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-2 in the first round at the Beijing 1000 event.
The 24-year-old Sabalenka lost just one point on first serve and never faced a break point.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect to play that good on my serve,” Sabalenka said to the WTA. “On practice, it didn’t work that well. But I was super happy that I was able to bring that level on my serve today. I think it’s helped a lot.
“I think she didn’t even expect that great serving game. So I think that was the key of today’s match.”
Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova was dropped by the Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina who rallied from a set down 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
The two combined for 16 total double faults in the match with the Czech donating nine.
Also on Sunday, Liudmila Samsonova dismissed 22-year-old American Alycia Parks 6-4, 7-6(7-4). Jennifer Brady bested Peyton Stearns in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. 13th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko ousted Eva Lys of Germany 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Linda Fruhvirtova easily handled Arantxa Rus 6-0, 6-3. Katie Boulter topped Magdalena Frech of Poland 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Sixteen-year-old Mirra Andreeva of Russia bounced No. 10 seed Barbora Krejcikova in straights 6-2, 6-2 and former champion Petra Kvitova defeated Wang Xiyu 6-7(6-8), 7-5, 6-3 in a three hour plus marathon.
Gauff will take on Ekaterina Alexandrova.
No. 7 seed Ons Jabeur will battle Ashlyn Krueger. Caroline Garcia, Jelena Ostapenko and Daria Kasatkina are also in action.
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